Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has declared himself the 'happiest person in the world after the club’s La Liga title win – secured with victory over Villarreal on Thursday night – after finishing ahead of Barcelona for only the third time since 2008.
Two more Karim Benzema goals, the second a penalty after an attempt to repeat a classic Johan Cruyff/Jesper Olsen two-man effort with Sergio Ramos went wrong because of encroachment, was enough for a 2-1 victory. As it was, Barcelona’s surprise loss to Osasuna actually sealed it anyway.
Zidane delivered three back-to-back Champions League titles during his first two-and-a-half year spell in charge, seeing become the first club to retain the trophy in the post-1992 era and only the fourth side in history to win three in a row.
But this is only the Frenchman’s second La Liga title, having also won it in 2016/17, and as such, he has revealed his belief that the league is the 'hardest' competition to win - even more than the Champions League.
“The first La Liga was wonderful, but this one has a special taste to it after two months at home [because of the coronavirus pandemic],” Zidane reflected – via RealMadrid.com.
“Then we came back and we prepared in a different fashion, winning a league title which, I think, is always the hardest. We did it, it's everyone's success because this is a team and all the sacrifice has paid off,” he added.
"It's amazing. What we've been through isn't easy. It's been a very tough La Liga season, but, in the end, thanks to our belief and hard work, we believed and the players are the first ones in that respect because they're the ones who go out on the pitch and put a shift in. I'm pleased for them.
“There are people who say that happiness makes no noise, but I'm the happiest person in the world on the inside right now.”