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Yokohama - Lionel Messi marked his return from illness with a brilliant goal as Barcelona beat Argentina's River Plate 3-0 to capture a record third Club World Cup on Sunday.

The Spanish giants welcomed back Messi after a bout of kidney stones and the mercurial Argentine scored with a clinical finish on 36 minutes, before a lethal Luis Suarez double destroyed River's hopes.

"We came here to win the title and it was important to get the job done," said Suarez, who picked up the player of the tournament and golden boot award after finishing with five goals.

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