Real Madrid Beat Gremio To Retain Club World Cup

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (L) falls to the ground as Germio’s captain Pedro Geromel and Brazilian player Jailson (R) watch on during the Club World Cup UAE 2017 final football match between Gremio FBPA and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on December 16, 2017. KARIM SAHIB / AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to retain the Club World Cup.

A third Club World Cup in four years brings Madrid level with rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition’s history and adds to the La Liga, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup titles already won by Zinedine Zidane’s men this year.

Ronaldo was once again Real’s man for the big occasion as his strike went through the Gremio wall eight minutes after the break to ensure the European club champions were also crowned world champions for a fifth straight year.

AFP

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