Real Madrid emerged as the best football club in the world on Saturday night in Marrakech, Morocco after goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale earned them their first ever Club World Cup title.
Madrid beat South American champions San Lorenzo 2-0 after Spanish defender Ramos headed home the opener in the 37th minute before Bale struck after half time.
The win stretches Carlo Ancelotti’s side winning run to 22.
Ramos crashed a header home 37 minutes into the first half from a Toni Kroos corner to put Madrid in front while Bale ran onto an Isco pass six minutes into the second half and fired low under the diving body of San Lorenzo keeper Sebastian Torrico to double Madrid’s lead.
Real Here were in Marrakech rounding off what many have called their best ever year for the first time in their 112-year history they having won four trophies in a calendar year.
Goal-hero Ramos was voted man of the match but there were many candidates with his central defensive partner Pepe also outstanding and Toni Kroos superb in midfield. It was his corner that Ramos headed in on 37 minutes.
San Lorenzo had taken the physical approach early on with Mario Yepes booked for flattening Bale. The former Tottenham man was also wrestled to the ground from the previous corner.
San Lorenzo finished up with just four bookings from lenient Guatemala referee Walter Lopez but their strong-arm tactics were not enough to prevent Madrid from ending the year on a high note.
Karim Benzema’s shirt was ripped at the collar and almost pulled from his torso during the second half as he went for a Bale cross.
For once both the French striker and Ronaldo failed to find the net but Bale’s second half strike made sure there was no way back for San Lorenzo.
Italian tactician Ancelotti has now won more trophies in 16 months than Jose Mourinho in three years.
English coach Paul Clement was, as ever, by his side, and there were a few special words for the Londoner from club president Florentino Perez as he congratulated each Real Madrid player and coaching-staff member as they received their medals.
Ronaldo appeared to snub Michel Platini as he walked down the line of dignitaries. The Frenchman’s recent comments that he believes a German player should win the Ballon d’Or have evidently not gone down well with the Madrid record-breaking forward.
However, it remains to be seen if Ronaldo is voted best individual player of 2014 at January’s Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich.