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Real Madrid defeat Gremio to retain FIFA Club World Cup

Defending Spanish champions, Real Madrid became the first club to retain the FIFA Club World Cup as they knocked off Gremio in Saturday’s final in Abu Dhabi.

A sublime free-kick from Portuguese attacker, Cristiano Ronaldo was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for Zinedine Zidane's side at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday evening.

The 5-time Ballon d'Or winner following his side's victory in the Club World Cup final expressed his delight at lifting yet another trophy in 2017, adding that he was very "motivated to keep winning things at a collective and individual level".

The 32-year old said;

"The numbers speak for themselves. I am very happy, I remain very motivated to keep winning things at a collective and individual level".

"I still feel strong enough to continue my trajectory as a player and to win trophies, which is what I like most".

Real Madrid knocked off Al Jazira in the semi-final to set up a clash with Copa Libertadores' holders Gremio who had beaten Pachuca in the semi-final.

The Spanish side have now won five trophies in 2017 having lifted the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Spanish La Liga, Spanish Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Elsewhere, Al Jazira fell short to Pachuca who finished the competition in third place with a 4-1 victory over the Abu Dhabi club.

 

Congratulations to Real Madrid on winning their record-equaling third Club World Cup!

 

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