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Ronaldo on target as Madrid rule the world again

Cristiano Ronaldo was the match winner as Real Madrid were crowned world champions for the third time after beating Gremio 1-0 in the Club World Cup final on Saturday.

The Portuguese super star, who on Wednesday surpassed Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Cesar Delgado’s goals tally in the competition, made it 7 goals to his name with a superb free kick that helped his club make history.

Madrid became the first club to ever defend the trophy, having struggled to break down the Copa Libertadores holders Gremio in the first half.

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It is a record-equalling third Club World Cup triumph for Real, who also triumphed in 2014, matching their Spanish rivals Barcelona’s achievement.

The Zinedine Zidane men have now won five trophies in 2017 – the Champions League, La Liga, Uefa Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup and now the Club World Cup.

They return to the La Liga next Saturday when they host Barcelona in the first El Clasico of the La Liga season at the Bernabeu.
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