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Real Madrid Clinch LaLiga Title After Barça Stumble

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Real Madrid emphatically secured their 36th LaLiga title on Saturday, fueled by a comfortable 3-0 victory over Cádiz and rivals Barcelona’s shocking 4-2 defeat to Girona. The result leaves Los Blancos with an unassailable 13-point lead, despite enduring a season plagued by injuries to key players like goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defenders Éder Militão and David Alaba.

Jude Bellingham, the English midfield sensation, continued his record-breaking season with another vital goal against Cádiz. His relentless scoring prowess (18 goals), along with the clinical finishing of Vinícius Júnior (13 goals), has powered Madrid’s offensive dominance. Their defensive resilience has been equally impressive, anchored by Antonio Rüdiger and resulting in a league-low 22 goals conceded.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti, while acknowledging the title win and the outpouring of fan support, stressed his team’s immediate focus on the looming Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich: “We are very happy… but the fans can understand that we have a big challenge on Wednesday.” Ancelotti confirmed that while a proper celebration will take place, it’s postponed until after their European campaign concludes.

Bellingham’s impact has been undeniable. His record-breaking 13 goals in his first 13 appearances for Madrid surpassed club legends like Cristiano Ronaldo, and his crucial goals in both Clásico victories over Barcelona proved pivotal in their title run. A 2-1 comeback win in October and a thrilling 3-2 win in April dashed any lingering hopes for a late Barça title charge.

Madrid’s early-season dominance set the tone. They rattled off five straight wins to start the campaign, including a decisive 4-0 thrashing of surprise title contenders Girona in February, with Bellingham netting a brace.

This marks Ancelotti’s second LaLiga title since returning as Real Madrid’s coach in 2021, further cementing his legacy as one of the game’s most successful managers with league victories in five countries. Veterans Luka Modric and Nacho also made history, their 25th trophies with Madrid matching the club record.

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