Real Madrid became the first side to retain the Fifa Club World Cup with a 1-0 win over Brazil’s Gremio in Saturday’s final at Zayed Sports City.
Cristiano Ronaldo got the game’s only goal, putting the Spanish giants ahead through a free-kick just after the interval.
The victory confirmed Real’s sixth world title after two earlier Club World Cup wins, and three previous victories from when the tournament was known as the Intercontinental Cup.
It also marked the first time a Real Madrid side had ever won five titles in a calendar year. The win will no doubt give Los Blancos confidence ahead of that season-defining contest, but Zidane will also hope they’ve still got something in the tank for their return to Spain.
Ronaldo Scored the only goal of the final with a curling free-kick on 53 minutes, which split between the wall and sneaked into the bottom left.That strike saw him extend his all-time record Club World Cup most goals tally to seven, just a week after he equaled Lionel Messi’s record by winning his fifth Ballon D’Or.
The Portuguese superstar had a second disallowed moments later, when Benzema, who nodded the ball back to set Ronaldo up for the effort, was ruled offside.
Real now set their eyes on La liga, their next match is with rivals and table topper Barcelona at Santiago Bernabaeu in which they look to close gap at the top.