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Real Madrid crowned the new champion of Spain
With a 2-1 victory over Villarreal, Real Madrid won their 34th title in the club's history, with only one round remaining in the season. As usual in recent weeks, striker Karim Benzema scored twice to decide the game almost entirely on his own. The Frenchman contributed a total of 21 goals to this title. Benzema scored 7 of these goals in the 11 games after the league break. Of those 11 games, Real Madrid won 10.

Another Frenchman, Zinedine Zidane, also played an important role in the title. The coach managed to give the team the right level of motivation after a slow start to the season. His team remained undefeated at home throughout the season. It is his 2nd title in the league as a coach. He has already won the Copa del Rey twice, and even the Champions League three times.

Captain Sergio Ramos also proved to be the standout player throughout the season, with the best performances. The Spaniard scored 11 goals in the league and made 1 assist for another - the best numbers for a defender. Ramos has scored a total of 72 times in the Spanish top-flight, more than any other defender. In second place in this ranking is the current Dutch national team coach Ronald Koeman, who scored 68 goals. Fernando Hierro scored 105 goals in his career in the league, but scored almost half of them (44) in his time as a midfielder.

And, of course, as in every title win, defensive performance was also a major deciding factor. Real Madrid conceded only 25 goals in 38 games. Madrid never conceded fewer goals in a 38-game season - a club record. As a result, goalkeeper Courtois won the Zamora Trophy, awarded to the goalkeeper with the fewest goals conceded since the 1958/59 season.

The role of rivals Barcelona should also not be underestimated. The Catalan team almost withdrew from the title race with three draws between the 30th and 33rd rounds. Lionel Messi summed up his team's season in simple words: 'We were a weak team.'