Goalscoring hero Sergio Ramos has said the Real Madrid players have been rewarded for all their hard work in 2014.
The defender picked up the man of the match award after scoring the opening goal in the 2-0 over San Lorenzo to win the Club World Cup. He also put in a superb display at the back to keep the Argentineans at bay and help Los Blancos secure their fourth trophy of the year.
Ramos, who scored in the Champions League final as well, told reporters after the game that 2014 had been a long year but one in which the Real players had been richly rewarded.
“It’s a very special day for the club and its fans, and it’s the result of hard work. On a personal level I’m really happy, the year couldn’t have been better and I also chipped in with goals. As vice-captain I want to congratulate my team-mates for the great year we’ve had,” he said.
And he added: “It goes without saying that if you can help out in the semi-final and the final, you feel privileged to do so. At the end of the day, success is about the work you do as a group. This team was clear about its aim from the first game. I didn’t want to miss it. There was a little tear but I hope it doesn’t go any further.”
When asked if this had been his best year ever, Ramos said no other compares. “Without a doubt. I won La Décima, which I had been fighting for for so many years. Thanks to that we were here competing for this trophy. My target is to do my job well in defence, and to contribute goals is fantastic.”