Kashima Antlers midfielder Gaku Shibasaki is ready to make dreams a reality by toppling mighty Real Madrid and lifting the Club World Cup when the two teams meet in Sunday’s final.

J. League champions Antlers will become the first Asian team to play in the final when they take the field at Nissan Stadium, but the side blocking their way to the trophy could hardly be more formidable.

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