Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Real Madrid's Club World Cup win

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Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Real Madrid's Club World Cup win

Cristiano Ronaldo hits back at critics after Club World Cup win

AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

REUTERS

Cristiano was a happy man after helping Real Madrid to a second successive Club World Cup win with victory over Gremio on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo spoke of his delight after his strike saw Real Madrid defeat Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi to lift their second straight Club World Cup on Saturday.

The Portuguese, whose second-half winner drew him level with Pelé on seven Intercontinental Cup/Club World Cup goals, hailed Real's first ever five-trophy haul in a calendar year, and had a word for his critics.

Real Madrid's fifth piece of silverware in 2017:

"It was a trophy that we wanted to win, and we knew we were going to come up against a good side. Real Madrid had never won five trophies in the same year, and [coach Zinedine] Zidane reminded us of that. We were bang up for it, we put in a good display and we're worthy winners."

Criticism over goal-shy domestic form:

"I always respond on the pitch. I've helped the team to win another trophy."

Heavy challenge by Gremio defender Geromel:

"I've come away with a bit of soreness, but I'm sure I'll be fine for [the match against Barcelona next] Saturday."

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