Real Madrid win Club World Cup

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Toni Kroos has now become the first player in football history to win the FIFA World Cup Champions' title for the fifth time as Real Madrid defeated Al Ain, on December 22. It was a record fourth triumph in the competition for Real - one more than their arch-rivals Barcelona.

"This is the icing on the cake of winning the Champions League three years in a row". For his part, Al Ain's player Amer Abdulrahman reiterated his playmates' unswerving will to introduce a handsome football tomorrow and raise the UAE flag high at the end of the match.

Tsukasa Shiotani's consolation goal was sandwiched between captain Sergio Ramos' goal for Real's third and an added-time own goal by Yahia Nader.

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In a match dominated by the UEFA Champions League defending champions, current Balon d'Or victor, Luka Modric, curled home the opener on 14 minutes from just outside the area.

Real Madrid then had numerous additional opportunities to score over the remainder of the first half, but a shot by Lucas Vasquez grazed the woodwork and Karim Benzema sent a close-range shot over the crossbar. But the rest of the way Madrid lived up to its elite status and the talent gap was evident between the sides.

Palacios has previously said that he will not comment on his future until after the end of the Club World Cup, which comes to a conclusion on Saturday.

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Real doubled its lead, though, as 23-year-old midfielder Llorente met a looping clearance to drill home a wonderful volley from just outside the area.

Earlier, River Plate beat Asian champions Kashima Antlers 4-0 for third place.

Marco Asensio is honoured to be on Inter's radar but has no plans to leave Real Madrid, according to his agent.

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"Real Madrid wants to offer condolences to the families and friends of the tsunami victims in Indonesia, and to show solidarity with all those affected", the club said in a statement.

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