Sergio Ramos has praised Zinedine Zidane as “unique” after Real Madrid’s La Liga title triumph , insisting everything the Frenchman “touches turns into gold”.
Madrid headed into a meeting with Villarreal at Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday night knowing a victory would see them crowned champions of Spain for only the third time in the last decade.
Karim Benzema opened the scoring for the hosts, as he produced a cool finish in the box after being played in by Luka Modric on the half-hour mark.The Blancos were made to wait for their second goal of the night, which came when Ramos won a penalty in the 77th minute.
The Madrid captain stepped up to take the penalty, but he chose to lay the ball off to Benzema to score his second, only for the referee to pull play back and demand a retake. Benzema stepped up from the spot the second time around and found the net for his 21st La Liga goal of the season, which proved to be the winner.
Villarreal got on the scoresheet late on through Vicente Iborra, but Madrid held on for a 2-1 victory to wrestle the domestic crown back from arch-rivals Barcelona – who were beaten 2-1 by Osasuna at Camp Nou.
Ramos paid tribute to Zidane in his post-match interview with La Liga TV , while expressing his hope that the 48-year-old remains in charge for years to come.
Ramos went on to insist that Madrid have fully deserved their success in 2019-20, dismissing critics who have pointed to their luck with VAR decisions since the resumption of the campaign last month.
He said: “The title is a reward for work, consistency and balance. What we have done has great value, despite what they may say.