Real Madrid won their 35th LaLiga title on Saturday, thanks to two first-half goals from Rodrygo, who led them to a 4-0 home victory against mid-table Espanyol.

With the victory, their Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti became the first manager in Europe’s top five leagues – England, Spain, Germany, Italy, and France.

Real led 2-0 before the interval thanks to Rodrygo’s double, before Marco Asensio added a third after 55 minutes and LaLiga’s top scorer Karim Benzema secured the win in the 81st.

Captain Benzema hoisted the trophy after coming off the bench late in the second half as Ancelotti rested many regular players ahead of Real’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City on Wednesday, trailing 4-3.

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With four games remaining, Real Madrid has 81 points. They are 17 points ahead of second-placed Sevilla and 18 points ahead of Barcelona, who have a game in hand and needed a point against Espanyol to seal the championship with about a month left in the season.

It was a historic day for Real Madrid defender Marcelo, who won his 24th title with the club, passing Gento as the player with the most trophy victories in the club’s 120-year history.

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