By Victor Kanayo
Manchester City have made history by winning its first ever FIFA Club World Cup after whitewashing Brazil’s Fluminense 4-0 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
It was 23-year-old Julian Alvarez who netted a brace to add to his remarkable haul of silverware.
Alvarez has now won the World Cup and Copa America with Argentina at international level, the Copa Libertadores during his time at River Plate, plus Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup medals during just over a year at City.
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City’s victory extended European clubs’ domination of the competition since 2012.
In winning the Club World Cup, the Pep Guardiola side emulated Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, but became the first English side to win five trophies in a calendar year.
The Treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League last season was followed by the Uefa Super Cup in August.
It is now on record European clubs have won 22 consecutive games at the Club World Cup.
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Meanwhile, Egyptian side Al Ahly claimed third place with a 4-2 win against Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan.
The Egyptian side, appearing in their fourth consecutive third-place playoff, finished third in 2006, 2020 and 2021, while Japan’s Urawa came third in 2007