There were still a few minutes left when Cristiano Ronaldo turned to the fans and showed them the club’s badge on his chest before pointing at the LFP logo on his sleeve. Real Madrid: the league. When the final whistle blew in Bilbao, Mourinho put seven fingers in the air; it was his seventh league title as a coach. Ronaldo and Athletic’s Javi Martínez confronted each other. Mourinho was thrown up into the air and Iker Casillas threw his gloves into the crowd. Soon, Pepe and Sergio Ramos were doing the same with their shirts. Down in the dressing room, Esteban Granero and Xabi Alonso put up two and three fingers respectively. Facing the camera, they’d got it the wrong way round but you got the point: it was Madrid’s 32nd title.
“The identity Real Madrid has created over many years makes it unique. It’s the best club in the world and, although some people don’t like to hear it, that’s the reality. The players that have come through and the titles lend this club prestige.”