Manchester City have become the fourth English team to win FIFA’s Club World Cup after a 4-0 win over Brazilian side Fluminense.
Julian Alvarez opened the scoring in the second minute before an own goal, a strike from Phil Foden, and a second late on from Alvarez secured a comprehensive victory.
City follow rivals Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in winning the competition.
They’ve now won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in 2023.
Pep Guardiola’s side qualified as European champions, and reached the final after a 4-2 win over Japanese team Urawa Red Diamonds in the semis.
Fluminense made the competition after winning South America’s Copa Libertadores.
The match took place in the Saudi city of Jeddah, with the Sky Blues playing without injured striker Erling Haaland.
It’s Guardiola’s fourth Club World Cup win – and he’ll be hoping a second-half injury to midfielder Rodri is not serious.
Fluminense started the match with a veteran team comprised of six players born in the 1980s.
City’s oldest player was 33-year-old Kyle Walker – who had a shoving match with Fluminense’s Fernando Diniz after the final whistle.
The gulf between the clubs is also evident in the cash at their disposal.
City banked about £700m last season, while the Brazilian team is expecting to make £58m this year.
The third-place match in the tournament was won by African champions Al Ahly, from Egypt, who beat Japan’s Asian champions Urawa 4-2.
European sides have won the competition 16 out of 17 times.
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