Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure will not affect their aim of winning the ongoing Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

Los Blancos; who won the UEFA Champions League for the third time in a row last season; are playing Japanese side Kashima Antlers in semi – finals.


Solari men will face either River Plate or Al-Ain in Saturday’s final should they beat Asia Champions.

Los Blancos will aim to win the competition without Ronaldo whol left them for Juventus last summer.

Real Madrid have struggled this season without the former Manchester United star; but are still favourites to win in Abu Dhabi.

Ramos believes the mentality for Real Madrid doesn’t change even without Ronaldo.

“I think on the pitch there won’t be much difference [to previous years], despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was a key player for us, but we’re going to compete with the club’s same philosophy as always: to win,” Ramos said.

“We have good memories in this competition, because we’ve had success in the past.

“It’s a short competition and there’s no room for mistakes.

“There’s a semi final and then the final… and we want to take the cup home to Madrid.”