What has been most surprising about Madrid's form both domestically and in Europe is that they have been able to maintain it despite missing their other talisman, Wales global Gareth Bale, for much of the campaign.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Real bought Isco from Malaga in 2013 for 27 million Euro plus 3 million in bonuses.
And afterwards Zidane admitted it was imperative that a club of Real's stature should re-assert their domestic dominance.
Retaining the trophy would give Real Madrid the chance to make history, and become the first team to win and then retain the Champions League - and that, along with La Liga, would probably be enough to secure Cristiano Ronaldo another Ballon d'Or.
However, one moment has gone relatively unnoticed as Lionel Messi had one of the worst misses of his career in the weird fixture.
Madrid claimed its first title since 2012 and kept Barcelona from its third straight championship.
Indeed, Ronaldo came close to sending Real Madrid 2-0 ahead 10 minutes before the break after meeting a cross from Benzema, but the Portuguese could not find a route past Kameni from close range, with the Cameroon worldwide dropping low to deny the forward a second goal.
Madrid have lost just one of the past 15 league encounters with Malaga, picking up nine victories and five draws in that time.
Atletico Madrid will play their final competitive game at the Vicente Calderon before moving to the 67 000 Wanda Metropolitano next season with Athletic Bilbao the visitors earlier on Sunday. It would be Madrid's first double in the European competition and in La Liga in almost six decades.
Cristiano Ronaldo guided Real Madrid to the title in La Liga.
Real Madrid's French head coach Zinedine Zidane is tossed by players at the end of the Spanish league football match Malaga CF vs Real Madrid at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga on May 21, 2017.
"I have won everything with this club, this shirt but to win La Liga is the best of all". "This is the happiest day in my professional career".
Against Malaga, Zidane's men will surely believe they can clinch the title.
Lionel Messi had a chance to equalise on 70 minutes only to see his penalty saved by Yoel Rodriguez, though Luis Suarez was able to level the score three minutes later. "I really hope that this dream comes true". He had to recover from injuries to both knees before he earned his debut with the first team under Barcelona coach Luis Enrique in 2014. "Later we will prepare for the final". "If not, we will congratulate the champion".
Seventh place could also give a place in Europe, but only if Barcelona defeat Alaves in the Cup final, so whichever of the three misses out is in for a nervous week of waiting to know whether their summer holidays will be cut short.
While Ronaldo is the headline maker in the vast majority of Madrid games, their success this campaign could not have been achieved without the Brazilian duo of Casemiro and Marcelo. That has been the key, that they are all important.
"It's hard to express our feelings after a day like today", Torres said. We are going there to win the game, that is always the objective of this team. We're okay mentally and physically we're f****** great.
Zidane is expected to name an unchanged side with a two-week break to come before Real face Juventus in the Champions League final on June 3. It finished with 93 points, three more than Barcelona.
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