Real Madrid clinch LaLiga title after Girona beat Barcelona

Real Madrid close in on LaLiga title with win vs. Cadiz (2:11)

Real Madrid ease past Cadiz 3-0 to ensure they will win LaLiga if Barcelona fail to beat Girona. (2:11)

Real Madrid won the LaLiga title on Saturday, beating Cádiz before rivals Barcelona lost at Girona and gave Madrid an insurmountable lead at the top.

Madrid's comfortable 3-0 win over Cádiz at the Bernabéu means they've taken 87 points from 34 games. Girona beat Barça 4-2 at Montilivi on Saturday to move into second place, 13 points behind Madrid with just four games to play.

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The Spanish giants could still make it a LaLiga and Champions League double this season, as they prepare to face Bayern Munich in their Champions League semifinal second leg on Wednesday. The sides tied 2-2 in the first leg.

Speaking after the title had been confirmed by Barça's loss, Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said his team would celebrate in due course but wished to focus on that semifinal.

"We are very happy. All our fans are very happy. We deserved this title and we would like to celebrate with our fans," Ancelotti said.

"But I think the fans can understand that we have a big challenge on Wednesday and we have to prepare for it, to give more joy to the fans. We will celebrate the LaLiga title next weekend.

"Tomorrow we train, there's nothing organised tonight, everyone can do what they want. We have to focus on Wednesday's game."

While the upcoming semifinal postponed any official celebrations, scores of Madrid fans gathered near the Bernabéu after the Barça result to greet the players as they left the ground, including Jude Bellingham and Rodrygo Goes.

The 2023-24 league title is Madrid's 36th, extending their record for the most of any LaLiga team. It comes despite a season marred by long-term injuries to key players.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defenders Éder Militão and David Alaba all suffered ACL tears, with Courtois and Militão returning to action only this month.

Defender Nacho Fernández was the only starter from the first leg against Bayern to begin against Cadiz and he celebrated his 25th title with the club.

"It is a dream come true, winning a league at Real Madrid is something magnificent, and as captain, it is even better. It gives me goosebumps to think about going to Cibeles and be the one who puts the scarf during the celebration," Nacho said after Madrid secured the title.

Madrid have led LaLiga for much of the campaign, with their closest challengers being surprise contenders Girona rather than eternal rivals Barcelona.

Their title charge has been powered by goals from England midfielder Bellingham -- who has scored 18 times so far in his debut LaLiga season -- and Brazil international Vinícius Júnior, with 13 goals.

It has also been built on defensive solidity, personified by centre-back Antonio Rüdiger, with the team conceding just 22 league goals.

Madrid made a flying start to the season, winning their first five league games, before suffering their only league defeat so far, a 3-1 loss to Atlético Madrid in the derby on Sept. 24.

Bellingham's impact was greatest in the first half of the season, scoring a record 13 goals in his first 13 Madrid appearances -- more than club legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Alfredo Di Stéfano -- after signing from Borussia Dortmund last summer.

He played a crucial role in two Clásico victories over Barcelona.

Bellingham scored twice in a 2-1 comeback win for Madrid at Montjuïc on Oct. 28 and then grabbed an added-time winner in a 3-2 victory at the Bernabéu on April 21, which ended any prospect of a late Barça title bid.

Before that, Girona's title challenge ended in a 4-0 thrashing at the Bernabéu on Feb. 10, with Bellingham scoring twice.

The league title is Madrid's second since Ancelotti returned to the club as coach in 2021. Ancelotti has now lifted six league titles in five countries: Italy, England, France, Germany and Spain.

It also means veterans Luka Modric and Nacho have won 25 trophies with Madrid, equalling the club record held by Karim Benzema and Marcelo.