Following a final day which ended in disappointment, Barcelona veteran Andres Iniesta spoke with gravitas as he described Real Madrid as deserving La Liga champions and revealed why they were beat to the league title this season.
News filtered through that Barca were trailing to Eibar, but it had little effect on Real's resolve, despite Malaga taking a stronger grip of the contest as the first half progressed.
Real Madrid doubled their lead and took a massive step towards the title in the 55th minute, however, when Benzema converted from close range after Kameni had kept out a strike from Ramos.
Zidane's role in restoring Madrid to the top of Spanish football was hailed by Ronaldo as the Portuguese claimed just his second league winners' medal in eight seasons since joining the Spanish giants.
"We deserve a lot of credit for title".
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Ronaldo's goal at La Rosaleda took his season tally to 40 in all competitions, with next month's Champions League final against Juventus still to come, but the 32-year-old has once again had to deal with his detractors.
"The Spanish league is the most hard and lovely in my opinion".
Juve, Real and Chelsea all won their respective leagues on Sunday, and Zidane said for the time being, his team would simply enjoy their achievement.
"This is a prize for a tough group of players who have sacrificed a lot".
"What has been key for us, has been the last three games we have won, Sevilla, Celta [Vigo] and today", he said. But it wasn't enough to prevent Real from winning the league. "We fought until the final minute and we never gave up".
"La Liga present the trophy after next season has started". We've waited a long time but in the end it was worth our work.