German legend Matthaus says the way Real clinched the Liga title was simply showed how far Spain's top-flight had slipped behind the Premiership and Serie A on the European table.
"Only the final weekend brought a definitive decision," said Matthaus. "It was pure emotion for the fans, but also a clear signal to the international competitors: Spain in no longer the great European power.
"The troops of Sir Alex Ferguson dominated the Premiership and next season surely they will win him another Champions League," added the former Inter star. "They have two qualities that no-one can touch - they're a young team and one that is improving all the time."