A highly entertaining Club World Cup saw Real Madrid emerge victorious over Kashima Antlers on Sunday thanks to a 4-2 victory after extra-time.
A hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo secured the win on the night after Karim Benzema opened the scoring at the International Stadium Yokohama, seeing them crowned as 2016’s best team across the continents.
Earlier in the tournament, Kashima Antlers surprised many by becoming the first AFC representative to reach the final, doing so by playing the most matches after entering the first round as a host nation representative.
Real Madrid eased their way to the final with victory over Club America at the semi-final stage while it was a disappointing competition for Auckland City, Mamelodi Sundowns and Atletico Nacional as they exited after just the one game apiece.
However, they were made to struggle at the final hurdle with a Gaku Shibasaki brace forcing the final into extra-time.
Who was your player of the tournament and who do you think will be vying for the title next year?
Cristiano Ronaldo's 2016 for club & country:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 18, 2016
4 major trophies
1 Ballon d'Or
Legendary year. pic.twitter.com/5NEPQmNQWe