Real Madrid secured their 35th La Liga title with four games to spare after Rodrigo’s two goals in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Espanyol.
With just one point needed to win the trophy, Madrid hit twice through the Brazilians at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first half before goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema.
Madrid are 16 points ahead of second-placed Sevilla in four matches. Barcelona have a game in hand but are 18 points behind.
With them at the top since November, it is not surprising that Madrid have won the league for months, but have seen a decline in form from Barcelona and Sevilla, giving them a chance to coronate earlier than expected.
Real Madrid Make New Record After Seal 35th La Liga Title
With La Liga over, Madrid can now turn their full attention to Manchester City on Wednesday in the second leg of their semi-final at home, when they have to reverse a 4-3 loss from last week’s opening game. Another European final.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti rested Benzema and Vinicius Jr. from the start of the Espanyol tour, and Rodrigo took advantage of the situation by scoring two goals towards the end of the first half.
He teamed up with compatriot Marcelo to give Madrid the lead in the 33rd minute as he moved to a far corner for his second league goal of the campaign.
Mariano Diaz made a rare start to the attack, then won the ball deep into the Espanyol area and Rodrigo rolled goalkeeper Diego Lopez into a second with a clinical finish.
Eduardo Camavinga played in the 55th minute at Ascencio for a third in-slam for Madrid on the counter, Luka Modric then Tony Cruz and Benzema paved the way for Casimiro in the hour.
Benzema has scored his 42nd goal this season across all competitions to seal a fugitive victory for Madrid, as Ancelotti became the first coach to win five major European League titles.