Real Madrid crowned La Liga Champions; Villarreal, Sociedad go to Europe

Real Madrid ended a five-year wait to win the La Liga title Sunday as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema secured a 2-0 win at Malaga which clinched a 33rd league triumph.

Zinedine Zidane's side held their nerve to claim the crown by beating Malaga 2-0.

Club talisman Cristiano Ronaldo was absolutely instrumental, scoring in the second minute of the game to give his team the platform for the win.

Zinedine Zidane claimed that winning LaLiga as Real Madrid's coach on Sunday surpasses his stellar achievements as a player and even lifting the Champions League in his debut season as coach a year ago.

"Thank you very much and hopefully we can come back in a couple of weeks with the Champions League".

Navas has been an important part of Real's season as they look to win an historic double by retaining the Champions League on June 3.

Real Madrid's Isco in action with Malaga's Keko during their Spanish Liga match at La Rosaleda, Malaga, May 21, 2017. Zidane won the World Cup, European Championships and Champions League as one of the greatest players of his generation, but said the extra responsibility that comes with being coach made his achievements all the greater.

"It's been a very hard-fought win, hard at some moments but after 38 games there's no better feeling than being at the top".

However, the fact the winning margin was a mere three points shows Madrid needed to fall back on every member of a seemingly endless pool of talent and every one of a series of late fightbacks to hold off the Catalans.

Secondly, Ronaldo accepts the need to rest and has been left out of several squads by Zidane to recharge his batteries.

"It was a tough game, and it's been a tough year, but we've been the most consistent and we've been rewarded for that".

This has not just been a case of Madrid bullying La Liga's minnows because they have scored against sides like Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in Europe as well as home and away versus Barcelona and Atletico in domestic action.

"A player's career is short, so by the end of the season I will make a decision because it is my future that is at stake". "We have to congratulate the champions".

With Barcelona constantly on their tail, this was one of those times when Real did not crumble under the pressure.

As is customary under Florentino Perez, the club headed straight for the centre of Madrid, but as white ticker tape and flares were pumped into the sky, some players were a little over-exuberant in joining fans as they abused Pique.

Click through the gallery above to see Real's celebrations at the Madrid headquarters. Luis Enrique walks out after a season of, perhaps not disharmony, but definitely not harmony and Ernesto Valverde appears the man to replace him from Athletic Bilbao.

  • Julie Sanders