PLAYER RATINGS | Real Madrid 5-3 Al Hilal

Real Madrid added a fifth Club World Cup title in nine years to their cabinet on Saturday. Largely dominant for most parts of the game, Los Blancos held off a late Al Hilal charge to prevail 5-3 in Rabat.


Andriy Lunin: 4 – Could have done better for Al Hilal’s first, which went in underneath him. Not his finest outing, and not helped by a shaky defence.

Dani Carvajal: 5 – Actively linked up with Valverde on the right wing, picking up an assist.

Antonio Rüdiger: 3 – Was solid in the first half, denying Vietto with a timely challenge. Undid his good work with a very poor second half, as he was caught unawares for Al Hilal’s second, and bypassed easily for the third.

David Alaba: 4 – Comfortable on the ball but left a lot to be desired defensively.

Eduardo Camavinga: 4 – Continues to impress offensively, proving to be a capable foil for Vinícius. Defensively, he lost possession in costly areas at times.

Aurélien Tchouaméni: 6 – Wasn’t afraid to step out of his role at the base of midfield, advancing often with the ball at his feet. Solid in his defensive work. Went off after suffering a knock on the hour mark.

Luka Modrić: 6 – A tidy game, aiding the buildup on the right side.

Toni Kroos: 6 – Kept things ticking throughout, often finding himself as the deepest of the midfield three.

Fede Valverde: 8 – The Uruguayan’s best outing post-World Cup. Actively involved on the right flank, he made runs in behind regularly and thrived on the ball. Two more goals takes his season tally to 11.

Karim Benzema: 5 – Seemed rusty but added a goal, tapping in a sweet Vinícius cross.

Vinícius Jr.: 8 – The Brazilian’s best display of late. Crisp in his linkup, proving to be wiser in attack. Kept his composure for two great finishes. Assisted his captain with an excellent outside-of-the-boot cross.


Dani Ceballos: 6 – Got an assist in a faultless half-an-hour on the pitch.

Rodrygo: 5 – Linked up well, albeit without a goal to show for it.

Marco Asensio: n/a

Nacho Fernández: n/a

Jesús Vallejo: n/a

GSFN | Roddur Mookherjee

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