Title chases across Europe are approaching what promises to be a thrilling climax, with the destination of domestic crowns yet to be determined from the Premier League to La Liga via the Bundesliga and Serie A.
Some heavyweight, and very familiar, clubs remain in the hunt to secure domestic dominance, with Real Madrid leading the way in Spain under the watchful eye of Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti.
The Blancos are edging their way towards the finishing post, but when could they cross that line and confirm their coronation as champions for 2021-22? GOAL takes a look...
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When can Real Madrid win the league in 2021-22?
Ancelotti’s side still have five games left to take in this season, with a 15-point lead currently held at the top of the table.
With all teams only having 15 points left to play for, the Blancos will be hoping to surge over the title-winning line sooner rather than later.
Clasico rivals Barcelona are, however, their closest challengers at present and they still have five games to come in the 2021-22 campaign.
That means, theoretically, they could still pull in 15 points before the curtain comes down on their season.
However, they can only pip Madrid to the title if they win every game and Madrid lose every game, meaning Ancelotti's side only require one more point to be crowned champions.
Taking that into account, a date with Barca's local rivals Espanyol on May 1 could be the day on which Real confirm their standing as top dogs in Spain.
Real Madrid’s remaining La Liga fixtures in 2021-22
When did Real Madrid last win the Liga title?
Real Madrid are the most successful club in La Liga history, with 34 top-flight titles secured since opening their account back in 1932.
They have, however, endured the odd barren run in more recent times, with the success enjoyed at Barcelona often leaving them playing catch-up.
Cross-city neighbours Atletico Madrid have also re-emerged as a force to be reckoned with, with the top flight in Spain not always the two-horse race that it is painted out to be.
Real last claimed the title back in 2019-20, with club legend Zinedine Zidane returning to the helm to deliver a second league triumph across his two stints in the Santiago Bernabeu dugout.
The Frenchman had delivered another Liga crown in 2016-17, with the Blancos benefiting from the considerable talents of Cristiano Ronaldo at that time.
The Portuguese superstar also contributed to a title success in 2011-12, but Real have been restricted to just two celebratory parties in the last 10 years.
Can Barcelona still catch Real Madrid in 2021-22?
Real will be hoping to place the Liga trophy back in their well-stocked cabinet in 2022, but they are not over that line just yet.
In a keenly-contested battle that is being played out just below them, Barcelona are 15 points behind Madrid.
Having won the most recent Clasico 4-0, Barca do have a superior head-to-head record over their arch-rivals. However, that is only going to come into play if Barca win their remaining five matches and Madrid lose their last five fixtures.