Marcos Llorente: “I’m thrilled to score my first Real Madrid goal”

Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente was named the Man of the Match following his stunning goal in the Club World Cup final on Saturday

Los Blancos stormed to a 4-1 win in Abu Dhabi over local team Al Ain with goals from Luka Modric, Llorente, Sergio Ramos and an own goal from Yahya Nader.

But Llorente’s stunning 25-yard half-volley was what drew praise from pundits in the end – in what was also his first professional goal.

The 23-year-old academy graduate was then named the Man of the Match for his performance as Real secured a record fourth Club World Cup title.

“I am thrilled to have scored my first Real Madrid goal, it’s great that it came at this level in a final,” Llorente told the club website.

“We were hoping for this result. We worked all week, were tough in defense and showed ferocity in attack, that’s what fans want.

“There were chances and we could have had more goals. We are leaving here champions with the trophy in our hands”.

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He added: “In football and in life things change in the blink of an eye. That is why you have to work hard, never give up and take your chances when they come up”.

“When things like that come off, you have to be very happy. You don’t always win finals nor do you always score goals, at least in my case.

“Scoring a goal to help the team is the best feeling and I’m very happy. The goal came from a corner and I said this is mine.

“It’s dedicated to my family, my friends and my girlfriend. I’m now going to celebrate with them”.

Gareth Bale was named the Golden Ball winner of the tournament.

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