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Why Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his Club World Cup winner with Lucas Vazquez

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Real Madrid managed to put their La Liga struggles to one side this week as they were crowned FIFA Club World Cup winners for an incredible third time in four years.

Goals from Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo got them past Al-Jazira on Wednesday, and it was the latter who provided yet another moment of magic to win Saturday's final.

Gremio failed to register a single shot on target against Real, who enjoyed 64% possession, and their poorly structured wall succumbed to Ronaldo's deadly 53rd-minute free-kick.

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Luka Modric picked up the 2017 Club World Cup golden ball after two virtuoso midfield displays, but Cristiano has grabbed the headlines, not only with his goal, but also with his celebration.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has performed a trademark celebration for many years now, but he opted against it for his Club World Cup winner - and here's why.

Ronaldo's unusual celebration

Cristiano, who now has 16 goals in 21 matches this season, typically celebrates by jumping up high, twisting in mid-air and shouting "Siii" upon planting his feet on the ground.

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However, after rolling back the years with a free-kick against Gremio, the 32-year-old sprinted across the pitch towards the Madrid bench.

It turns out he was looking for Lucas Vazquez, and before the rest of his teammates celebrated with Ronaldo, the Spaniard ran onto the pitch to hug the Portuguese superstar.

Why Cristiano ran to Real's bench

The specific embrace with Vazquez had raised questions in the Spanish media, but in a post-match interview, the 26-year-old revealed why Cristiano was looking for him.

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Vazquez, who assisted Bale's semi-final winner, explained, via Marca: "I told Cristiano (that) he was going to score. That's why he rushed towards me."

Pretty classy stuff from Ronaldo, who is often accused of being all about himself, and after making more history, he signalled his intentions to end his playing career with Los Blancos.

Cristiano on his future

When asked if he plans to retire with Real, he said, via Sky Sports: "I would really like to, but things don't depend on me. What depends on me is what I do on the pitch.

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"I am not the one who runs the club, that is for those in charge. My job is on the pitch and I think I am doing it well, the rest I can't control."

What do YOU make of the reason behind Cristiano's different celebration? Is he the man to fire Real to more glory in the future? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!

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Real Madrid
La Liga
Luka Modric
Football
Lucas Vazquez
Zinedine Zidane
Cristiano Ronaldo

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