Another Club World Cup and another trophy for Real Madrid—the third in a row, the club continues to make history. A 3-1 victory courtesy of goals from Modric, Llorente, and Sergio Ramos. Full match ratings below:
Thibaut Courtois—8: Another very strong performance from Courtois. Made some great saves including a scissor kick tackle to deny Caio.
Dani Carvajal—7: Aggressive and quick to press Al Ain winning the ball on multiple occasions. Got forward well and was unlucky not to win a penalty.
Raphael Varane—7: Solid in the back and composed in possession, little else to note for the Frenchman.
Sergio Ramos—9: Rarely challenged in the back, but did make an incredible goal line save in the 13th minute. Scored Madrid’s third goal in the 78th minute off of Modric’s corner.
Marcelo—8: A great attacking performance from Marcelo. Linked up with everyone down the left flank and wiggles his way out of tight opportunities thanks to his superb technique.
Marcos Llorente—10: What. A. Performance. What. A. Goal. It is the rise and rise of Marcos Llorente. Given the nod in the final even despite Casemiro’s return to fitness and boy did he prove why he is holding it down in the defensive midfield position. He was simply everywhere and covered for everyone. Scored the goal of the season so far, and all his teammates were beyond happy for him. He’s enjoying an incredible moment and should savor every second.
Luka Modric—9: A great performance from the Balon D’or. Scored a gorgeous goal with his left foot, curling the ball into the back of the net from outside the 18 yard box after Karim Benzema’s lay-off. Nearly scored a second off of a corner kick; an intentional play where Kroos drove the ball to Modric at the top of the box who volleyed his shot on target. Had so many beautiful and intricate one-two’s with his teammates and was in top form. Nabbed an assist on the third goal after whipping in the corner, flashbacks to La Decima, where Ramos thumped the header home.
Toni Kroos—7.5: Stroll in the Park game for the German. Combined well down the left with Marcelo and Bale.
Lucas Vazquez—6.5: Nearly scored a great team goal early in the first half. Created some dangerous opportunities and continues to be a key cog in Solari’s team selection.
Karim Benzema—6.5: Tremendous hold up play in the opening goal for Modric. The Frenchman had one of his better games and connected particularly well with Bale and Modric. Had an early opportunity in the first half after Lucas Vazquez put it on a plate, only for Benzema to lean back and hit the ball over the net.
Gareth Bale—7: Put through on goal on numerous occasions and failed to convert the opportunities. Almost scored a gorgeous bicycle kick, but overall needed to be cleaner in-front of goal.
Dani Ceballos—6: The first sub for Toni Kroos. Tidy in possession and always in search of quick give and go opportunities.
Casemiro—5: Got on the ball and made simple passes to the creators in front of him. Looked like he may have injured himself again but walked it off and played on.
Vinicius JR—7: The last substitution and he made the most of his minutes. His direct, attacking dribbling put the defenders off and he worked his way into the box to score an a deflected goal (ultimately went down as an own goal)