Real Madrid win first La Liga crown since 2012

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Real Madrid win first La Liga crown since 2012

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SportsCafe Desk

05/22/2017

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scored a goal each against Malaga to lead Real Madrid to their first La Liga crown since 2012. Real, who needed only a draw to win the La Liga, are in line for a double as they face Juventus in the Champions League final on June 4 in Cardiff.

Elsewhere, defending champions Barcelona defeated Eibar 4-2 but required Real to lose to retain the trophy. But Ronaldo’s spirit was sky high and he didn’t let the game slip away. With the result, Zinedine Zidane became the first manager to lead Madrid to the Spanish league title since Jose Mourinho did five years ago. 

If Real, the reigning Champions League winners, manage to beat Juventus in Cardiff, they will become the first team to successfully defend the crown - with Zidane leading them to the trophy six months into the job last summer.

After the victory, an ecstatic Zidane, who became the sixth former Real Madrid player to win La Liga as manager after Bernd Schuster, Vicente del Bosque, Jorge Valdano, Luis Molowny and Miguel Munoz, said, “It was very important [to win the league]. It was a lot of years without winning it and we knew that the league is everything.

"For Real Madrid, because it is the best club in the world, we have to return with this league title. He [Ronaldo] is always there to make the difference and I am happy for him - it is a little different because he is always there to do it."

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