17 December 2017
Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, having led his team to victory at the Club World Cup, is demanding a guard of honour from their eternal rival, Barcelona, during the El Clasico to be played on Saturday.
Ronaldo grabbed the winning goal with his free-kick sneaking past Gremio goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe to retain Real Madrid’s world crown, making them the first team to win successive titles at the tournament.
It crowned a glorious calendar year for the Spanish giants who won a record-breaking five trophies.
“It would be nice and I would like Barcelona to make for us the guard of honour,” the five-time Ballor d’Or winner said after the game.
On El Clasico itself, Ronaldo added: “I hope we can beat Barca so that the League is alive.
“We have to enjoy every moment because we do not know what can happen tomorrow, we are gaining confidence and we are going to improve and finish very well.
After a slow start to the season, Ronaldo has hit his stride as La Liga prepares to go into a two-week Christmas hibernation.
The Portuguese international has scored three in his last three league games, alongside a stunning nine in six Champions League group games.
“I’m happy I scored the goal, very happy,” he continued. “I’m having a great season.
“Real Madrid had never won five titles in a year and we wanted it, it’s a record.
“I talk on the pitch, I try to give my best and for people to enjoy my football.
“I don’t lack motivation to continue playing and training because I enjoy football. It’s what I like the most.”