Real Madrid Wins Record 35th La Liga Title as Ancelotti Makes History

The drama in La Liga’s title race was sapped long ago, but now it is official: Real Madrid is king of Spain once again.

For a record 35th time, Real Madrid has won La Liga’s championship, clinching the title with four games to spare following Saturday’s 4–0 win vs.

Espanyol at the Bernabéu. With last season’s champion...

...tlético Madrid stumbling more frequently than usual and in a fight for a top-four finish...

...and Barcelona still reeling from the financial crisis that caused the club to lose Lionel Messi to PSG, Real has risen back to the top.

The title is the club’s second in three seasons and ensures the trophy remains in the Spanish capital after a two-year run for Barcelona from 2018 to '19.

It was achieved due, in large part, to the forward play of Karim Benzema.

The 34-year-old Frenchman has aged marvelously, leading La Liga with 26 goals

(he’ll snap Messi’s run of five straight domestic scoring titles)

and scoring 42 goals in 42 games across all competitions this season.

His Champions League heroics have been particularly profound,

with his 14 goals—six of which came on consecutive hat tricks vs. PSG and Chelsea—leading the competition.

Real Madrid still holds out hope of adding to its record tally of European silverware

but it must overcome a 4–3 aggregate deficit to Manchester City