Granero: Ballon d'Or winner must come from Real Madrid

The 25-year-old praised his club's exploits last year, and spoke of his hope that the Ballon D'Or is awarded to a member of the Bernabeu dressing room
Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero has revealed his hope that the winner of the Ballon D'Or comes from a member of the Spanish champions.

The 25-year-old praised the Merengues' success this campaign, and insisted that more is yet to come from Jose Mourinho's men, who are the team to beat in 2012-13.

"The title we achieved will be [hard to beat] for a long time. We made a record of almost insurmountable points and goals." the midfielder said in a press conference.

"Real Madrid is the team to beat and will be for many years. Last season was flawless. Real Madrid were far superior to the others breaking all records. I just hope that the Ballon D'Or [would be] for one of our players,"

Granero also spoke of his hopes for the upcoming campaign, after turning out 28 times for the La Liga champions last season.

He continued: "I face the season with many enthusiasm, eager to learn. We have many challenges to a collective level, mainly to overcome what was achieved last year. [To] learn, grow as a player and settle at this club."

Granero is currently in pre-season training, as Mourinho's side prepare for the Super Cup double-header against Barcelona next month.