Joyous fans throng Barcelona
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Thousands of joyous fans took to the streets of Barcelona on Wednesday after the Catalan club defeated Manchester United 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League final in Rome.

Barça fans had already twice gorged on success in recent days after their team won the Spanish title and lifted the Copa del Rey but the completion of an historic treble had supporters dancing in delirium once more down the city's Ramblas thoroughfare.

I am so happy, we deserved this victory. We're going to stay out all night.
A Barcelona fan celebrating in the city centre

Many fans draped themselves in the dark red and blue of their club and let off fireworks and honked horns to celebrate a win achieved courtesy of goals in either half from Samuel Eto'o and Leo Messi.

The triumph was Barcelona's third after 1992 and 2006. "I am so happy, we deserved this victory. We're going to stay out all night as long as the police don't move us on," said one young fan, Jordi, at the Canaletes fountain on the Ramblas, where fans traditionally celebrate.

Other fans mocked rivals Real Madrid, who ended the season trophyless - Barca's own fate for the past two seasons until this term under new coach Pep Guardiola.