Real Madrid on the verge


But anyone who doubts his worth to this batch of Galacticos need only look at Ronaldo's incredible run-in that fired Madrid to a 33rd LaLiga title - sealed with a 2-0 win at Malaga on Sunday - and a third Champions League final in four seasons.

Ronaldo scored first for Real Madrid at the minute 02, while Benzema scored at the minute 55.

Real meet Juventus in the Champions League final on June 3 and will be bidding to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since AC Milan in 1990.

Celtistas may well, as the club letter says, "make room for pride and hope" - but even for the most-hardened of supporters, and indeed Barca fans everywhere, turning over the mighty Real Madrid may just be one dream too many. However, the side from San Sebastian have arguably the easiest task against a rival that has lost 6 consecutive games and is both emotionally and physically exhausted after Wednesday's game against Real Madrid.

"The game was a demonstration of what the team has been like in the last few years".

Midway through the season there were signs that Cristiano Ronaldo was gradually becoming a fading force, with the Portuguese star often passing through games nearly unnoticed and reaching January with just ten league goals to his name.

His second goal came three minutes into the second half when he latched on to a pass from the impressive Isco.

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The make-up victory at Celta Vigo on Wednesday left Madrid a point away from winning the title for the first time in five years.

"I'm going to enjoy what we did today", he said. "I am scoring goals and helping the team".

Zidane has now won four trophies since taking charge in January past year and could add a fifth by retaining the Champions League against Juventus on June 3.

Under Rafa Benitez last season there were lots of reports of tension in the Madrid camp from the Spanish media, but one of Zidane's greatest achievements has been to calm the squad down. Not just Barcelona but Sevilla and Atletico Madrid have pushed us right to the end. "This group deserved to win the league", Ramos told reporters. The former Manchester United forward headed in a 10th-minute opener and eased any tension with an unstoppable effort into the top corner with less than 20 minutes to play.

Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad are still fighting for the two Europa League spots, with Villarreal and Athletic ahead and depending on themselves over the weekend.

"It's hard to express our feelings after a day like today", Torres said.