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How Zidane and Ronaldo led Madrid to Spanish league title

How Zidane and Ronaldo led Madrid to Spanish league title

Zidane was conducting his post-match media conference with reporters after Madrid's 2-0 win at Malaga, given to them by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, wrapped up the title - only for five of his players to invade the event.

Ronaldo got Madrid off to the ideal start after just two minutes before Karim Benzema's close-range finish sealed the title 10 minutes into the second half.

Ronaldo was responding to questions about gestures he was alleged to have made towards Celta Vigo's players during Madrid's 4-1 victory on Wednesday, in which he was said to have suggested the home side had been incentivised by third parties to raise their game and derail the capital club's title charge.

Ronaldo was happier when talking about his contribution on the field to Madrid's first La Liga title in five years as his early strike at La Rosaleda was his 14th goal in his last nine games.

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Players wore shirts with the No. 33 - in a reference to the 33rd title - as they celebrated on the pitch before heading back to Madrid to meet their fans in a major public plaza.

"I am not going to talk about Cardiff today, we are not thinking about that yet", he said.

Zidane's ability to keep those that under previous coaches have felt sidelined motivated and involved has also bore fruit in keeping the likes of Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos fit, fresh and in their best form of the season at the business end of the campaign.

And for Real Madrid, because it is the best club in the world, we have to return with this league title.

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Luis Suarez knocked in the equalizer in the 73rd minute after Messi had missed a penalty although the Argentine compensated by converting a second spotkick in the 75th and then rounded off the scoring in injury time. "We never give up, although we couldn't finish the year how we wanted to", said Barca coach Luis Enrique. "It was an honor to be part of it".

The stadium will still host the Copa del Rey final next Saturday, and a day later an exhibition match involving former players will officially close the venue.

Villarreal finished with 67 points, three more than Real Sociedad and four more than Athletic, which can still qualify for Europe's second-tier tournament if Barcelona beats Alaves in the Copa del Rey final.

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