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

The Spain international defender believes that he is playing at his peak of his career and is keen to carry a fine club season with Real Madrid into the World Cup
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos believes that he is playing the best football of his life 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 Los Blancos, making 51 appearances for the club as they romped to Champions League and Copa del Rey triumph.

His goals in Europe in particular - two against Bayern Munich in the semi-final and a last-minute header to send the Champions League final into extra time against Atletico Madrid - were crucial in their capture of 'La Decima'.

Ramos says 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 their European crown.

"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's 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 and he believes that 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."