La Liga title to be decided on dramatic last weekend in Spain

Valverde is a safe pair of hands but is he good enough for Barcelona

"We know that Málaga are strong at home, but we have to concentrate on ourselves, go there, and win" Ronaldo said. Kudos must go to Zidane, who has somehow managed to persuade the record-breaking, ultra-competitive victor that is Ronaldo to only play in the games he is needed, and the result has been phenomenal.

His first came early, as he smashed left-footed through the legs of Gustavo Cabral and past Sergio to take Real beyond Barcelona and also to surpass Jimmy Greaves, the former English striker.

In his last eight competitive games, the 32-year-old has netted 13 goals, including two Champions League semi-final hat tricks.

The Frenchman, who joined Madrid from Lens in 2011, has frequently been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent seasons, despite the fact he has been a key first-team player at the Bernabeu.

Real's apex predator looks sharp, hungry and showing absolutely no signs of slowing down in the dying weeks of the season as Los Blancos look to wrap the campaign in style by sealing the Liga and Champions League double.

Celta's Iago Aspas was later sent off for a second booking for diving although the home side briefly clawed its way back into the match when John Guidetti's deflected strike looped over Keylor Navas in the 69th minute.

Benzema had experienced an uncharacteristic goal drought at Real with the France worldwide netting just one goal in his last nine matches.

United, criticized for playing cautiously under Mourinho, has scored just two goals in its last five games.

However, having eliminated Madrid from the Copa del Rey earlier this season, they put the European champions to the test once more. 'We have a very good squad with lots of good young players and others with experience.

"We remained relaxed and delivered the goods to claim an emphatic win".

Third-place Atletico and fourth-place Sevilla have already guaranteed a place in the Champions League next season, although Sevilla will have to go through a playoff in August to enter the group stage.

"We played with incredible attitude and personality", said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. The Colombian global missed the trip to Galicia amid speculation linking him with Manchester United but could be ready to return to action for the final league game against Malaga on Sunday (21 May).



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