Ronaldo's double puts Real on verge of La Liga title

Jessica Allison
May 20, 2017

Malaga coach Michel Gonzalez, who was part of the Madrid side that lost two league titles when they lost to Tenerife at the end of the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons, recently caused controversy by commenting he is a "better Madrid fan", than Jorge Valdano, the man who led Tenerife to those wins. It also won a Champions League and La Liga double in 2011. Zidane has overseen his side break the all-time unbeaten record of a Spanish team, while also breaking another record of consecutive goals scored in all competitions.

A point against Malaga at La Rosaleda will be enough for Madrid to secure a first league triumph since 2012, although Barca will hold out hope for a similar shock to that of the 1991-92 season, when Tenerife beat Los Blancos to allow the Catalans to snatch the title.

Barcelona head into the final weekend of the Liga season needing a helping hand from Malaga if they are to retain their title after Real Madrid moved three points clear with a win over Celta in midweek.

With Monaco wrapping up a first Ligue 1 title for 17 years after a 2-0 win at home to Saint-Etienne, all eyes are on the battle to avoid relegation on the last day of the top-flight season in France. That deal included €3m in variables, €1m for each league title won by Madrid in the player's first five seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, and the first of those payments could be triggered this weekend. We knew what we were playing for, we had to prepare well.

"We had a game more to play, but today was very important".

However, the visitors went straight up the other end and Marcelo's low cross was tapped home by Karim Benzema to restore Real's two-goal cushion.

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Villarreal travel to Valencia while Real Sociedad play at Celta.

Elsewhere Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad are battling to finish in the top six and reach the Europa League next season.

When you have strength in depth that runs as deep as this squad's does, this seems like quite an easy decision to make, and no player has benefited from that more than Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Of course, Sergio had a very good performance". "The team was not ideal but the players gave me good things". Real Madrid's iconic boss has been described as "lucky" by his detractors, but the Frenchman is on the verge of history - with Madrid's next 180 minutes about to decide his destiny.

It was his 367th goal and no player has ever scored more in Europe's five major leagues.

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