Bale named Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball victor

May JohnsonDec 23, 2018

Real were rewarded for a dominant start after taking the lead in the 14th minute, Luka Modric curling home a superb effort from the edge of the box. He then placed a corner kick for Sergio Ramos to put the result beyond doubt at 3-0 in the 79th.

Luka Modric, Marcos Llorente and Sergio Ramos scored the three goals for Real Madrid for them to become champions of the world for the third consecutive time.

Real now hold the record for most victories in the competition, which was first held in 2000, moving one clear of Spanish rivals Barcelona. "It's been ideal. We won the Champions League, I had a spectacular World Cup with Croatia, and now I have won another title with Madrid".

Al Ain reached the final after the United Arab Emirates club proved to be the surprise of the short tournament.

After River Plate was upset by the host club, everyone knew it would be Real Madrid lifting the trophy once again.

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A second goal always looked likely to arrive sooner rather than later, with Modric denied by an excellent save from Al Ain goalkeeper Khalid Eisa.

But the rest of the way Madrid lived up to its elite status and the talent gap was evident between the sides.

Marcos Llorente then produced a fine finish of his own on the hour mark for his first ever Real Madrid goal, firing in a low strike after the ball came to him following a Toni Kroos corner.

"This title is merited by my players", Madrid coach Santiago Solari said.

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