A Cristiano Ronaldo brace helped Real Madrid claim their first trophy of the European football season after a 2-0 win over Sevilla in the Uefa Super Cup at the Cardiff City stadium.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti named the most expensively-assembled attack formation in football history, involving new signing James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, alongside Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in his starting line up against the last season’s Europa League winners.
As expected, it was the star-studded European champions who drew the first blood on half-hour mark, when the Portuguese forward tapped in a cross from Cardiff-born Gareth Bale.
The reigning world player of the year then doubled his side’s advantage with a drilled shot from left when played in by Karim Benzema.
It is the first of six trophies Real are hoping to clinch this season.
They will look to defend the European title it won by defeating city rivals Atletico Madrid in Lisbon in May, and will also take a shot at winning the La Liga, the Fifa Club World Cup, the Super Cup de Espana and another Copa del Rey in 2014/15.