Bale, Varane included in Real Madrid squad for Club World Cup

Ruben Hill
December 14, 2017

Nacho fired Real Madrid ahead after just three minutes, with Ronaldo, who collected his prestigious France Football accolade in Paris on Thursday, slotting home a second before adding another from the penalty spot in the 30th minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo has declared himself "the best player in history" after claiming his record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or title.

Ronaldo also scored in Real's 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday to become the first player ever to score in all six Champions League group games in one season.

Gareth Bale and France global Raphael Varane will travel with the Real Madrid squad to the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday.

"It was a very complete performance".

With Madrid facing a busy fortnight as they jet off to Abu Dhabi to defend the Club World Cup this week before hosting Barca, Zinedine Zidane's men understandably took their foot off the gas after the break.

"Everyone thinks that it'll be easy (in the United Arab Emirates), but it won't be".

The Portuguese is now level with Barcelona star Lionel Messi having secured his second award in succession.

"The trophies won previous year helped to win this award".

"Since I was 14, 15 or 16 years old I knew that I was different from other kids", Ronaldo said.

Toni Kroos and Achraf Hakimi rounded off the rout as Real leapfrogged cross city rivals Atletico Madrid into third.

Sevilla assistant coach Ernesto Marcucci admitted the squad were left with some hard questions following their capitulation.

Sevilla is coming off a 1-1 draw to Maribor on Thursday in the Champions League. Georgina also didn't forget to mention the lovely words: "Te Amo" ("I love you" in Spanish).

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