Wednesday 24 April 2019

I knew Ronaldo would score - Vazquez

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal with Lucas Vazquez. Photo: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal with Lucas Vazquez. Photo: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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Lucas Vazquez revealed after Real Madrid's Club World Cup success that he knew Cristiano Ronaldo would score in the final against Brazilian side Gremio.

Portugal forward Ronaldo, this year voted Best FIFA Men's Player and winner of the prestigious Ballon d'Or award for a fifth time, got the only goal of the game after 53 minutes with a superb free-kick.

Substitute Vazquez told his club's official website after the Abu Dhabi success: "Before the game I told Cristiano I was sure he was going to score and that's why he ran to me for the celebration.

"We're thrilled. It's a team success and I hope we can improve on it in 2018."

The forward's sentiments were echoed by his team-mates after Real retained their title, making sure of a fifth trophy of 2017 following success in La Liga, the Champions League, Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

France defender Raphael Varane added: "It has not been easy. You have to congratulate the whole team. Winning five titles is very complicated.

"We know how difficult it is to win these finals, we are very happy. We know this team has talent and we will continue to fight to win more titles."

Germany international Toni Kroos said: "This year has been a long journey, but we had a challenge and knew we could do this."

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