Kashima show Japan on the rise with Club World Cup run

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick as Real Madrid survived a colossal scare to beat Japan's Kashima Antlers 4-2 and win the Club World Cup on Sunday.

Ronaldo's penalty forced extra time, and he duly spared Madrid's blushes in the extra 30 minutes to wrap up a third trophy of the year for Zinedine Zidane's men.

The scoreline didn't change until the end of regular time, but shortly after it resumed, Ronaldo struck again and in double dose. "A few days ago, I won the Ballon d'Or so it has been a flawless year for me". I want to thank my team-mates, because without them Cristiano could not win the individual trophy he won.

The hattrick was Ronaldo's 40th for the Spanish club and made him only the second player to score one in the final of a Club World Cup or Intercontinental Cup since Pele in 1962.

"Choosing one is hard, but the European Championship had a little more of a special taste to it because it was the first time".

"The statistics do not lie, as I said I am very happy, it was a spectacular year with both Madrid and the national team".

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He followed that with his 500th goal for Real Madrid in the win over America in the Club World Cup semi-final on Thursday, December 15.

Kashima's lead was short-lived, however, as Ronaldo restored parity from the spot after Lucas Vazquez was clattered by Shuto Yamamoto.

Ronaldo was also named Player of the Tournament after his heroics in the final, with teammate Luka Modric handed the Silver Ball while Kashima Antlers' Gaku Shibasaki went home with the Bronze ball.

The Spain worldwide wasn't fully fit for Thursday's 2-0 semifinal win over Club America of Mexico and was nearly sent off in the 90th minute when he took down Mu Kanazaki.

Madrid have now gone 37 games unbeaten in all competitions and have now added the world title to their Champions League and European Super Cup triumphs in 2016. At 3-2 down, Yuma Suzuki hit the bar with a header.

  • Regina Holmes