Going into the match, a single point was all that was required for Los Blancos to dethrone Barcelona, but two goals from Karim Benzema made doubly sure that the trophy would be returning to the Bernabeu for the first time in three years.
— Real Madrid C.F. (34🏆) (@realmadrid) July 16, 2020
As you might imagine, the celebrations on the pitch at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium — the second team’s ground, where Real are playing while the Bernabeu is renovated — were triumphant as club captain Sergio Ramos led the cheers.
La leyenda del @realmadrid la escribimos entre todos
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) July 16, 2020
It wasn’t easy. But we made it as a team. 🏆 This title is the ultimate reward for our determination. For not giving up. For working hard. For you, who kept believing in us. Thank you! 🙏🏻 #HalaMadrid #LaLiga #RealMadrid #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/IlqfqGZB8h
— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) July 16, 2020
However, it was noticed that one particular member of the squad didn’t seem quite as elated as everybody else.
Gareth Bale couldn’t be happier for Zidane 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/8G7AHdaDwJ
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 16, 2020
Indeed, Gareth Bale (who hasn’t featured in any of Real’s last five games) had the distinct look of a man who had never met the rest of his teammates before and was wondering what all the fuss was about.
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) July 16, 2020
To put it in some perspective, even Real’s eternal foes Barca managed to congratulate Zinedine Zidane‘s charges on their success — though quite possibly through gritted teeth.
Congratulations to Real Madrid on winning the 2019/20 La Liga title
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 16, 2020
Speaking of Zidane, the title only furthers his remarkable achievements as Real coach.
The 2019-20 La Liga title represents the 11th piece of silverware the French coach has won in just 209 games in charge of the club — that’s an average of a trophy won every 19 games or so.
Tonight was Zinedine Zidane’s 209th game in charge of Real Madrid. 11 trophies. A trophy every 19 matches! 2 league titles and 3 Champions League titles in 3 full seasons. What. A. Record.
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) July 16, 2020
Whichever way you slice it, three Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles in three full seasons at the helm is a truly formidable track record.
However, the finest and most relatable moment of the night came from midfielder Toni Kroos, who toasted the championship with a victory meal fit for a king.
Champions dinner pic.twitter.com/4Kg8h5oeLD
— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) July 17, 2020
Fair enough. He’s earned every single calorie.