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Published:Monday | December 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Shahid Afridi

Ronaldo unveils

statue of himself

LISBON, Portugal (AP):

Cristiano Ronaldo has unveiled a statue of himself on his home island of Madeira in Portugal.

Ronaldo calls the

larger-than-life bronze statue "prettier than me," according to Spanish news agency Europa Press.

The 29-year-old Real Madrid forward helped the Spanish team win the Club World Cup in Morocco on Saturday.

Ronaldo already has a museum dedicated to his career on Madeira.

He says "I never expected to have a

statue in my life."

Real top Club World Cup

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP):

Real Madrid outclassed San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 in the Club World Cup final on Saturday to put a crown on their status as the best club in world football.

The cup added to Madrid's 2014 trophy haul of Champions League, Copa del Rey, and European Super Cup, and they will carry a 22-game winning streak into 2015.

Sergio Ramos made the breakthrough, leaping up and heading in Toni Kroos' sweetly stuck corner after 37 minutes. Ramos also got Madrid off the mark in their 4-0 victory over CONCACAF champion Cruz

Azul in the semi-finals.

Loosely marked in the area, Gareth Bale doubled Madrid's lead early in the second half. This was Madrid's fourth world club championship, first in the Club World Cup format, and its last competitive match of 2014.

"An unforgettable year," Ramos said.

Afridi to retire from ODIs


Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi will retire from one-day international cricket after the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.

Afridi told team management

of his decision during the recent one-day series against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates which Pakistan lost 3-2.

"I want to retire from one-day cricket on a high and I think World Cup is the best stage to do so," Afridi told reporters in the southern port city of Karachi on Sunday.

However, the 34-year-old Afridi will still play Twenty20s and plans to lead Pakistan in the shortest format of the game

until at least the 2016 World Twenty20 in India.

Afridi made his ODI debut in 1996 and hit a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka in only his

second ODI which was the fastest limited overs ton for more than 17 years before New Zealand's Corey Anderson broke it in January 2014.

Afridi quit Test matches in

2010 after playing in 27 Tests.

Afridi, popularly known as 'Boom Boom' for his hard hitting, holds the world record of 342 sixes in one-day internationals

in 389 matches. He has scored 7,870 runs at better than run-a-ball strike rate of 116.29 with an average of 23.49.