MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo gave his former coach one more dazzling display of his skills, and delivered a trophy to Real Madrid in the process.
Ronaldo scored a pair of highlight goals, lifting Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory over Chelsea in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup on Wednesday night.
"We played beautiful football," Ronaldo said.
Marcelo Vieira also scored for Real, which became the event's inaugural champion by topping a Chelsea club now being coached by Jose Mourinho. He left Madrid earlier this year for a return to Chelsea, and after years of enjoying watching Ronaldo frustrate opponents, it was Mourinho who couldn't find a way to stop him.
"He's a great player," Mourinho said. "If he scores goals, that is not news. If he doesn't score goals, that would be news."
Ramires scored for Chelsea, which posted a pair of shutouts to get into the championship match before 67,273 fans at Sun Life Stadium, home of the NFL's Miami Dolphins.
The colorful Mourinho took what were considered a few subtle jabs at Real Madrid leading up to the Guinness final, though Ronaldo took the high ground when asked about his former coach before the match.
After the final whistle Wednesday, though, Ronaldo clearly was enjoying the moment — but insisted that his two after-goal celebrations were not in any way directed toward Mourinho.
"I don't worry about the other people," Ronaldo said.
This match, the finale of an eight-team tournament, was supposed to be merely an exhibition between two strong teams, part of their preseason preparations.
The way they played certainly didn't suggest that either side found this one to be meaningless.
"I would expect those two teams to play it seriously," said Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, whose team fell to AC Milan earlier Wednesday in the third-place match of the eight-team event.
Donovan was proven correct.
With the match tied at 1 in the 30th minute, Ronaldo was the recipient of a hard foul from behind by Branislav Ivanovic. Ronaldo merely smiled as he sat on the turf, adjusting his uniform while most of the other players convened for a bit of shouting.
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