Real Madrid were crowned La Liga champions for the 34th time on Thursday after they beat Villarreal 2-1 to clinch the title with one game to spare.

Karim Benzema scored twice including a second-half penalty at the empty Alfredo di Stefano Stadium to send Madrid seven points clear and end Barcelona’s two-year hold on the trophy.

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Barcelona had to prevail against Osasuna at home and hope Madrid slipped up but their challenge ended with a 2-1 defeat at Camp Nou, despite a brilliant Lionel Messi free-kick.

Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez while expressing his joy said
“We’re delighted. All the fans, the coaching staff, the players…The lockdown was very important for the players.

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“They trained well, and had the mentality and motivation to come back and win this title. It’s not been easy, but we’ve all seen the effort they made. This special Liga will go down in Madrid’s history”

Captain, Ramos said the LaLiga title is the reward for the effort the whole Real Madrid side put in, particularly the hard work during lockdown.

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Asked how long he’ll stay with Real Madrid, Ramos says: “I’ll be here as many years as the President wants me to be.”