Zinedine Zidane's side went a step better than that, securing a 2-0 win thanks to Ronaldo's goal and a second from Karim Benzema to keep their three-point lead over chasing Barcelona and win their 33rd Spanish title.
"For Real Madrid, because it is the best club in the world, we have to return with this league title".
"It's even more important for Real Madrid because it's the biggest club in the world and we had to win it again". He came into the game with a record of 11 goals in his last nine final matches of campaigns and it wasn't long before he added to that record.
Athletic are seventh but can still earn a place in the Europa League if Barcelona win the Cup. "We have conquered one of the most attractive leagues in the world and to win it here and with this setup has been wonderful".
"We are only going to think about and enjoy what we have achieved today". "Especially earlier in the season at home and we have paid for that".
"The aim was to win La Liga and all the competitions that we're competing in". "We didn't depend on ourselves [going into the final day]". This title is for our fans. Team captain Sergio Ramos and other players decked in white shirts with the number 33 on the back filmed the crowd with mobile phones from the top of the bus, which was escorted by police on horseback.
"It's been a very hard-fought win, hard at some moments but after 38 games there's no better feeling than being at the top".
"We're a team and a formidable group, which is seen in every game and every training session".
The almost 55,000 fans who packed the Calderon stayed at the stadium long after the final whistle on Sunday as the team organized a series of tributes for the occasion.
At the Camp Nou, Barcelona saw its chances of another league title take a hit after Japanese midfielder Takashi Inui scored in the seventh and 61st minutes.
"Let's hope that this is just the first of many La Liga titles".