Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick gives Real Madrid 2016 Club World Cup title

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick as Real Madrid claimed their second FIFA Club World Cup crown after defeating J.League champions Kashima Antlers in extra-time at the International Stadium Yokohama.

Cristiano Ronaldo tied the game at 2-2 in the 60th minute, converting a penalty-kick where he gave no chance at all to the Japanese goalkeeper.

"We knew it was not going to be an easy one. We have so many talented players, so we can achieve great things".

But Kashima - the first Japanese team to reach a Club World Cup final - impressed in an entertaining game, and Shibasaki took both goals well.

Karim Benzema gave the Spainish giants an early lead before Gaku Shibasaki scorted twice to give the Japanese side a surprise lead.

Ronaldo levelled from the penalty spot on the hour mark after Lucas Vazquez was fouled by Shuto Yamamoto.

Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday set a new record as he became the first player ever to score a hat-trick in a FIFA Club World Cup final match. It was the captain Sergio Ramos who returned to his usual spot in the center of defense, but the truth is that it didn't exactly grant Madrid more safety at the back.

Real Madrid's head coach Zinedine Zidane reacts as he walks the sideline during the final of the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament against Kashima Antler in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.

"It was an unforgettable year at a collective level and an individual level, we won the Champions League, [UEFA] Super Cup, European Championship [with Portugal] and now the World Cup, and a few days ago the Ballon d'Or".

The Spain global wasn't fully fit for Thursday's 2-0 semifinal win over Club America of Mexico and was nearly sent off in the 90th minute when he took down Mu Kanazaki.

Michael Arroyo started the comeback for America in the 38th, slamming home from close range after Samudio's ball into the box.

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