Ronaldo Scores Hat-Trick As Real Madrid Lift 2016 FIFA World Club Championship


Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Real Madrid came from behind to beat Kashima Antlers 4-2 in the final of the 2016 FIFA World Club Championship in Japan.

It seemed as if Real Madrid were set for an easy victory when Karim Benzema converted a rebound to put them ahead on just nine minutes.


But Kashima midfielder Gaku Shibasaki caused a surprise on the stroke of half-time before firing his side in front early in the second half.

Then Ronaldo equalised for Madrid from the spot in the 60th minute after Lucas Vasquez was fouled in the penalty box to make it 2-2 while Madrid looked increasingly exhausted as normal time dragged on.

Ronaldo put Madrid ahead in the 98th minute after receiving an excellent pass from Benzema and then completed his hat-trick and Madrid’s fourth in the 104th minute.

With this, 2016 will end with Ronaldo being the first player ever to win the Ballon d’Or, Champions League, European Championship and Club World Cup in the same year.


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