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


If he continues in this form, not only will Real Madrid win the La Liga title on Sunday, but they'll be well-equipped in their Champions League final against Juventus.

The comeback was short-lived, however, as Benzema scored for Real Madrid a minute later.

Now, he's breaking a record that's been around for almost half a century.

Indeed, Zidane was even asked about maletíns in the build up to the Celta game.

This reinvented Ronaldo doesn't quite get the pulses racing the way he did ten years ago, but he's arguably even more risky at present. Both calls were debatable and will fuel conspiracy theories always rampant in Spain at this time of the year, although in this observer's view the referee's decisions were understandable. Not only scoring goals, he's done a great effort in defense. But Madrid hit back quickly as Marcelo set up Benzema for a close-range finish. We are only thinking about tomorrow's game.

Real will clinch La Liga with a draw at mid-table Malaga on Sunday, BBC reports.

The coach confirmed star player Cristiano Ronaldo would be included in the squad, after the Portuguese striker was rested for their last four away matches in La Liga. And boy, has that plan worked out perfectly.

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Ronaldo added to the lead after halftime with a well-placed shot from inside the area after receiving a perfectly timed pass by Francisco "Isco" Alarcon in a breakaway. The ball went through the legs of defender Gustavo Cabral and gave goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez no chance. "In the second-half, we controlled the game more because the first-half it was end-to-end which isn't our game".

Individual stats were not the aim Wednesday, though, and Zidane removed his top scorer with the game won and six minutes remaining. Did they handle the disappointment with good grace?

"He's much better and has already been out training on the field, but not with the team", Zidane said.

His 24 goals in La Liga this season are his fewest at his time in the Spanish capital, but he's been saving the best for last. "We know that they're a good opponent and it'll be hard, just like it was against Sevilla and will be against Malaga". Ramos was erratic at centre-back, but the captain is sure to keep his place.

And he stood up for himself after the match, claiming the two goals he netted earlier in the game were what interested him most.

The Colombian has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United over the summer but will miss the match with a foot injury that he picked up during the 4-1 win at home to Sevilla. They should otherwise have a full-strength team available.