2 days to go: Real equal rivals with UAE triumph

Success in Morocco and Japan was followed up in UAE by Real Madrid, who claimed their third FIFA Club World Cup title in as many locations in 2017. Cristiano Ronaldo bagged the solitary goal in the final against Copa Libertadores kings Gremio as Zinedine Zidane’s side became the first team to retain the Club World Cup trophy.

It marked the perfect end to an extraordinary year in which skipper Sergio Ramos lifted silverware on five separate occasions – while their global triumph also brought Real level on Club World Cup titles with rivals Barcelona.

The FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 gets under way on 11 December.