Ronaldo is the top scorer in the history of the Club World Cup. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Real Madrid can cap their most successful year ever with victory in the Club World Cup final against Brazilian side Gremio Saturday, which would make them the first team to successfully defend the trophy and end 2017 with five titles. Defeat, however, would be the latest of a series of setbacks in a haphazard last few months for Zinedine Zidane's side, who are fourth in La Liga, trailing leaders Barcelona by eight points in the standings.At times, they have looked a shadow of the team that swept to Champions League and Liga glory last season and crushed Manchester United and Barca to win the European and Spanish Super Cups.Gremio's coach Renato Portaluppi won the Intercontinental Cup (the forerunner to the Club World Cup) with the club as a player.
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