Barcelona beat River Plate in Club World Cup final - goals and social media reaction

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Barcelona have been crowned as the best club side on the face of the planet after they beat River Plate to win the Club World Cup in Japan this afternoon.

Lionel Messi broke the deadlock - as well as numerous records - in the first half in Yokohama, before Luis Suarez sealed the deal with a second-half brace.

The win means the Catalan club ends 2015 having won five trophies under boss Luis Enrique, adding today's silverware to the Supercup, the Spanish league title, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.

Messi was the headline act in the first half having missed the semi-final win against Guangzhou Evergrande, in which Luis Suarez bagged a hat-trick in a 3-0 win. The Argentinian maestro tucked home a neat finish from close range after some good work from Neymar and Dani Alves to become the only player to score in three separate Club World Cup finals.

Messi, who is the clear favourite to win a fifth Ballon d'Or title in January, is also the first player in the history of football to score in six different club competitions in a year, on two separate occasions.

It was unsurprising then, that the little genius earned most of the praise in the aftermath of his goal, and the game.

There was also plenty of praise for Luis Suarez, who finished with five goals to his name and was named the competition's best player ahead of Messi.

The former Liverpool striker has 13 goals in La Liga and 22 goals in 23 games across all competitions, prompting Andres Iniesta to hail the 28-year-old as a 'complete' striker.

Barcelona are now odds-on favourites to beat Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid to La Liga, while they remain on course to retain their Champions League crown too.

With 2015 coming to a successful end, there's plenty more chances for silverware over the next 12 months for the greatest club side on the planet.

Do you think anyone can stop Barcelona from winning the Champions League this year?

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