Ronaldo scores from a free kick at the 53rd minute as Real Madrid won their 3rd club world cup title equaling Barcelona’s.
The 32-year-old Portuguese legend made practical what he said at the time he was awarded the Balon d’Or that he remained motivated to keep winning things at a collective and individual level because of the strong feeling he has in continuing his trajectory as a player and to win trophies.
Real Madrid and Ronaldo have been struggling to maintain status quo as Barcelona and Messi apparently are favorites for the next awards and titles.
Ernesto Valverde’s side leading the table with 39 points, eight a head of fourth place Real Madrid with whom they will face each other in the El Classico on Saturday 23rd December.
Meanwhile Messi currently leads the La Liga tops scorer list with 14 goals scored in 15 matches whereas his nemesis Ronaldo has only managed four goals in the same number of games played.
It was expected and became evident that Los Blancos was challenged by the side from Brazil, Gremio who made it a hard fought win for the world champions.
Although Real Madrid dominated possession, registering 10 chances before the break, only one of the chances was on target.
Gremio’s defense was on point, frustrating every move Zinadine Zidane’s boys initiated but this didn’t stop Ronaldo from rising to occasion during the taking of the 25-yards free kick in which he meticulously trimmed the ball over the wall into the right corner of the post.
The Portugal international also accessed the net again but his effort was cancelled for offside. Whereas Gremio goal keepers, Marcelo Grohe was forced to save efforts from Luka Modric and later substitute Gareth Bale.
The man of big occasion Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in the finals means that the FIFA best male player of the year has now scored four goals in three club world cup finals.
His record of scoring such extends to Champions league finals in which he registered three goals in three finals and also two goals in two Copa Del Ray finals.
Meanwhile the cup Madrid has grabbed from Grimio in Abu Dhabi is the fifth Real Madrid has won in 2017. They won the Champions League, La Liga, Uefa Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup and then the Club World Cup.