Former Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo makes history

Cristiano Ronaldo has now completed the ‘Grand Slam’ with both Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Former Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player ever to complete the ‘Grand Slam’ with two different clubs.

The Portuguese winger has been in sensational form this season, scoring an incredible number of goals and breaking personal records seemingly every other week.

Following Real Madrid’s 2-0 World Club Cup triumph over San Lorenzo on Saturday, the 29-year-old superstar has created his own elite group of players to complete the ‘Grand Slam’ with two different clubs.

A ‘Grand Slam’ – a common term in used in tennis – refers to a major event and in this case it refers to the major club trophies available to win as well as the top individual awards.

While plying his trade with the Red Devils, Ronaldo scooped up the major honours which includes the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, Club World Cup, Golden Boot and the Ballon d’Or.

After competing his dream move to Madrid in 2009 for a whopping £80 million, many observers predicted a repeat trick to be much more difficult given Barcelona’s previous stranglehold in Spain.

Nevertheless, after five-and-a-half years, Ronaldo has fulfilled his mission as the equivalent Spanish honours now sit proudly in his trophy cabinet.

Los Blancos victory over San Lorenzo yesterday was their 22nd on the trot. Yet, while the result was in little doubt, the biggest surprise of the evening was that for once Ronaldo was not on the scoresheet.

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‘Ronaldo saved his goals for the final’ – Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti praised Cristiano Ronaldo‘s team ethic following Real Madrid‘s 4-0 Club World Cup victory over Cruz Azul on Tuesday.

The Portuguese failed to get off the mark in Marrakech but contributed with a pair of assists for Gareth Bale and Isco, prompting his Coach to marvel about his unselfish work in helping Los Blancos reach the final.

”It’s never easy but the team played well and won. Now we’ll see how the final goes,” Ancelotti told reporters after the match.

”It’s true that [Iker] Casillas saving the penalty was key. Being 2-0 up, the game seemed to be over and they were still able to exploit us. He made a very good stop.

”Cristiano [Ronaldo] played very well, he gave us plenty of assistance and was very effective, even though he didn’t score. He’s surely saved himself a goal for the final.”

Real Madrid coasts into 2015 Club World Cup final

European champions Real Madrid turned on the party tricks as they sailed into the Club World Cup final by crushing Cruz Azul 4-0 in Marrakech, on Tuesday.

The Mexican side, with far more limited resources than the Spanish giants, did their best to make a game of it and missed a first-half penalty but were chasing shadows from the moment Gareth Bale headed the third goal five minutes into the second half.

Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema were on target in the opening half before Bale and Isco completed the scoring as Real received fanatical backing from the Marrakech crowd.

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to get on the scoresheet but had the crowd in raptures in the second period when he met a cross on the half volley with a ‘rabona’ effort that goalkeeper Jose Corona did well to save.

Real, however, left themselves open to criticism for excessive showboating and even the initial enthusiasm of the fans died down as the game went on.

They next meet South American champions San Lorenzo or Oceania champions Auckland City, who face each other on Wednesday, in Saturday’s final in Marrakech.

”The game was still open at 2-0 with the penalty but we didn’t concede and it was an efficient performance from us,” Real coach Carlo Ancelotti told Spanish television.

”Ronaldo didn’t score but he is always there helping the team and creating chances.”

Real quickly took control against the CONCACAF champions and an early goal was on the cards.

Ronaldo was denied at point-blank range by Corona and Benzema shaved the post before the keeper misjudged a Toni Kroos free kick and Ramos headed home.

Cruz Azul responded well but failed to make the most of their openings. Joao Rojas took too long over a shot, then Rojas and Mariano Pavone got in each other’s way after Christian Gimenez’s incisive pass opened up the Real defence.

Benzema added the second goal in the 35th minute before Cruz Azul were awarded a penalty when Pavone went down under a challenge by Ramos, the Real defender appearing to grab his opponent’s hair.

Former Mexico midfielder Gerardo Torrado‘s weak effort was then saved by Casillas and that proved the end of his team’s challenge.

Bale, unmarked at the far post, headed the third goal in the 50th minute and Isco slalomed his way through the Cruz Azul defence for the fourth.

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