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The champions of Europe came out top as expected, as Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale powered them to Real Madrid's fourth Club World Cup. The European giants managed to leave Morocco without any problems at all.

Real Madrid [Image from flickr by Global Panorama]
Keeping two clean sheets and scoring six goals from open play. The rhythm, synchrony, and flamboyance were visible throughout the tournament. Carlo Ancelotti may have just become the greatest coach of all time, as he joined Pep Guardiola and Carlos Bianchi in winning two different Club World Cup titles with two different sides.

Credit to finalists San Lorenzo who impressed and got their tactics spot on. They just face a side with a lot more quality. Auckland City managed to come third and the Oceania champions were unfortunate not to make the final. They will remember this tournament fondly and will be the heroes of the tournament. All hail the Kings of the world, Real Madrid, The Galacticos.

Article contributed by: Benedict Chanakira

Twitter: @bchanakira2

Ronaldo and Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo [Image from flickr by Calcio Mercato]
Arrogance, self centered, world class, goal machine are some of the terms used to describe the World's best player. Ronaldo notched up another two goals this weekend to take his tally to 30 for the overall season and 25 in La Liga. To be fair he had a bad performance but such is the mark of a quality player that he got a brace propelling Real Madrid to a 1-4 win. The Portuguese legend was also in the headlines as he gifted watches to his teammates that represented a token of thanks for their contribution in making him the best. He only cares about himself, right? Class all-around from Ronny!

Fast fact:
La Liga :Cristiano Ronaldo- 25 goals
Leo Messi + Luis Suarez + Neymar = 24 goals

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard saluting the crowd [Image from flickr by Ben Sutherland]
Frank Lampard bagged his 175th Premier League goal as he equals Thierry Henry on the Top goal scorer's list. Lampard defies all odds as the Englishman proves he can still score them at the highest level as that makes a tally of 6 in all competitions for his new club Manchester City. This meant the former Chelsea legend became City's chief goal contributor alongside Jovetic and Toure when Sergio Aguero is excluded. Chelsea should be wondering why they let him go!

Bayern Munich FC

Untouched and impossible to stop in the Bundesliga, Bayern look unbeatable. No side in Germany seems to have mastered that art and it may have to be a while until they do. Pep Guardiola's hybrid is showing no weakness and it is safe to say they will claim the Bundesliga title. Can he do what rival Jose Mourinho failed? Go the season unbeaten!  For now, the German juggernaut marches on. Rivals Borussia Dortmund dropped back into the relegation zone with another defeat. The only other team that could stop Bayern is at its lowest point in years.

Relegation candidates

Playing well can never be a reflection of your log position.  Leicester City beating Manchester United was better than Manchester City forgetting the score line and they have been very impressive.  They anchor the English Premier League table and could sack Nigel Pearson by Christmas if they want change. Borussia Dortmund slipped to another defeat against Hertha Berlin to drop into the bottom two in Germany.  Last season it was Hamburg, this year it is Dortmund.  How are they so good in Europe? Hull slip into the red zone and are further adrift as their FA Cup run is but a memory.  Will Steve Bruce keep his job?

Auckland City FC

They are the first Oceania champions to make the semi finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. They beat ES Setif 1-0. They now face Copa Libertadores winners San Lorenzo. Both sides have never been in the final of the Club World Cup or the former equivalent Intercontinental Cup.  Could the Oceania squad surprise? Having featured in two matches already they may be fatigued going into a third game within a week.

Article contributed by: Benedict Chanakira

Twitter: @bchanakira2

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