Ramos: I'm at my best & would love Ballon d'Or

The defender believes he is playing at his peak right now and insisted La Decima was the whole of Madrid’s, not just thanks to him

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos believes he is playing the best football of his life right now and would love to win the Ballon d’Or as a result.

The defender was part of a stunning sequence of clean sheets earlier in 2014 and was ever-present for the Blancos all year long, making 51 appearances for the club as they romped to Champions League and Copa del Rey success.

His goals in Europe in particular – two against Bayern Munich in the semi-final stage and a last-minute header to send the Champions League final into extra-time versus Atletico Madrid – were crucial in the club’s Decima glory.

Ramos admitted that following up team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or win with one of his own, based on his quality year so far, would be brilliant but stressed the team effort it took to win Real Madrid’s

“I’m at my best,” the Spain international told reporters when he was presented with the City of Seville Medal. “I’ve had a great year, both on a personal and professional front.

“Let’s hope it continues for the World Cup in Brazil. The whole Spain national squad have to give it every last drop of sweat.

“I would love to win the Ballon d’Or, but honestly I’m not even thinking about it. In the end, individual titles are achieved with the help of all your team-mates.

“It isn’t Sergio Ramos’ Decima, it’s everyone’s. There are lots of people who have worked hard to win the title. It’s been a great year for all Madridistas.”

Ramos’ also became a parent for the first time recently, adding the joy he has had in his professional life on the pitch in 2013-14, and he believes it has helped him to mature.

“This is the most important time of my life and the truth is that I’m loving it,” he added. “I’m really happy about becoming a father and about having had a great season.

“Those things all add up and make you grow up emotionally.”

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