Cristiano Ronaldo jokes he wants seven children to go with seven Ballon d'Or awards

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After winning his fifth Ballon d’Or in Paris, Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo joked that he wants to win two more of the prestigious awards and have three more children – ensuring each of his future children have a trophy!

In November, the 32-year-old welcomed his fourth child into the world with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.

Ever ambitious, Ronaldo believes he still has a couple of more top honours left in him.









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Winning Club World Cup not easy, says Real Madrid boss

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hailed “a very complete performance” after his side stunned Sevilla with a five-goal first-half onslaught in their LaLiga clash at the Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his fifth Ballon d’Or award with a brace as Los Blancos produced a breathtaking attacking display against a Sevilla side who had started Saturday behind their hosts only on goal difference.

Nacho fired Real Madrid ahead after just three minutes, with Ronaldo, who collected his prestigious France football accolade in Paris on Thursday, slotting home a second before adding another from the penalty spot in the 30th minute.

Toni Kroos finished off an excellent team move to make it 4-0 before teenage defender Achraf Hakimi grabbed his first senior goal on 43 minutes to leave Seville stunned before half-time.

It could have been worse for the visitors when, during a low-key second half, Karim Benzema saw his header hit the woodwork.

Zidane is set to take his squad out to the United Arab Emirates to play Al Jazira in the FIFA Club World Cup next week, where Gareth Bale is expected to return from a calf injury along with defender Raphael Varane.

“We can be very pleased because putting five past Sevilla was no mean feat,” said the Real Madrid coach, who had made some seven changes from the midweek Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund.

“It was a very complete performance.”

Zidane added a press conference, as quoted on the club’s official website: “We did very well and it was very important for morale to get the three points before going away to prepare for the game on Wednesday (in the Club World Cup).

“Everyone thinks that it’ll be easy (in the United Arab Emirates), but it won’t be. We are going to travel tomorrow and we want to do a good job and win another trophy”.

Zidane hailed the impact of Ronaldo, who has now moved level with Lionel Messi in claiming France football’s respected award a record five times.

“It’s perhaps the perfect week for him,” the Real Madrid boss said.

“I already said that we had to be careful with him and I’ll say it again because I know how ambitious he is.”

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Real Madrid v Sevilla player ratings - Ronaldo scores an 8, Benzema gets a 5

Andy West 9/12/2017
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Real Madrid cruised to a 5-0 win over Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo followed up his fifth Ballon d’Or with a brace on the night while Achraf Hakimi, Toni Kroos and Nacho were also on the score sheet.

Here, we rate the players from both sides.

REAL MADRID

Navas: Barely had anything to do as Sevilla’s powder-puff attack failed to trouble him. 6

Achraf: Scored his first goal at senior level with a calm finish which typified his overall performance. The 19 year-old has only played 9 first team games for Madrid but already looks very comfortable and confident. 8

Vallejo: Showed good anticipation to snuff out a couple of early Sevilla attacks and is gradually making himself feel at home at this level as Madrid’s fourth-choice centre back. 7

Nacho: Mr Dependable opened the scoring with a smart close-range finish after two minutes, and continued his relentless consistency by barely putting a foot wrong. 8

Marcelo: Made a full contribution to his team’s comfortable win with a dynamic display from left—back. One forward burst won a penalty for the third goal. Did well enough defensively against Navas. 7

Vazquez: Never stopped running down the right wing. His shot forced the corner for the opener, and he set up Kroos’s goal with a precise pass. An energetic livewire for Los Blancos. 7

Modric: Smooth and elegant, with his confident and constructive use of the ball helping his team seal the victory by half-time. Had a curling shot saved. 7

Kroos: Scored a lovely goal on the counter-attack to cap a typically smooth display. Given a rest by Zidane when he was replaced for the final half-hour. 7

Asensio: A real bright spark on the left, literally running rings around Sevilla’s defence at times. Drifted inside to deliver a slick pass for Ronaldo’s first goal and always looked dangerous, finishing the game up front after Ronaldo was replaced. Didn’t score but did everything else. 8

Benzema: Madrid’s only disappointment on the day. Produced some poor touches and continued his bad run in front of goal by heading an excellent chance against the upright in the second half. 5

Ronaldo: Marked his fifth Ballon d’Or with a brace, following an assured right-footed finish with a somewhat fortunate penalty. Nearly grabbed a hat-trick with an overhead volley and is clearly getting back to his best. 8

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Marco Asensio

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Marco Asensio

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Llorente: Came on for Kroos and delivered a tidy cameo, keeping things simple in front of the back four. 6

Ceballos: A rare outing from the bench and did well enough, although it was effectively a training exercise by the team he appeared. 6

Isco: Dropped to the bench before being introduced for Ronaldo with 15 minutes remaining. Busy without penetration. 6

SEVILLA

Rico: Made a good save just before the opener but it was all downhill from there. Maybe should have saved Ronaldo’s penalty, which was straight at him, and was slow off his line for the fifth. 5

Mercado: Struggled badly against the dual threat Asensio and Marcelo, although he didn’t receive much support from his midfield. 5

Kjaer: Perhaps Sevilla’s best player, despite forming part of a defence which conceded five. Must have felt like he was trying to hold back a flood with his bare hands during the first half. 6

Lenglet: Cumbersome and slow to close down danger, not showing the authority needed to subdue Madrid’s rampant attack. 4

Carole: Out of position and beaten for three of Madrid’s goals. Rumoured to be on the verge of a quick return to Galatasaray and on this display Sevilla fans will offer to drive him back to Istanbul. 2

Pizarro: Has been generally impressive this season but not on this occasion, badly losing the midfield battle against Kroos and Modric in the first half and offering little assistance to his back four. Improved after the break but it was too late by then. 2

Banega: Knitted together possession as his team competed well early on but proved to be a liability in defence when Madrid ran riot. Booked for a frustrated lunge on Modric. 5

F Vazquez: Supposed to be providing the visitors with a link between midfield and attack but was neither here nor there. Being substituted with 20 minutes remaining was his most conspicuous contribution. 3

Navas: Offered a constant attacking outlet for Sevilla in the first half, but struggled to find a final ball to match his approach play. Unlucky to concede a penalty for handball with a close-range deflection. 5

Muriel: Started off a pretty terrible performance with a horrendous error for the opening goal, deflecting the ball straight into Nacho’s path. Did little in attack despite some decent positions. 3

Nolito: Some nice early touches on the left but soon went missing and was nowhere to be seen defensively. Wasted his team’s best chance with a weak shot and was dragged off early in the second half. 4

Sevilla players leave the pitch

Sevilla players leave the pitch

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Sarabia: Introduced onto the left wing early in the second half and offered more solidity. 6

Geis and Krohn-Dehli: Came into midfield for the final stages as the game petered out. N/A

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