Sergio Ramos insists that Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric deserved to win the UEFA Player of the Year award ahead of those with "more marketing", such as Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, Ramos believes that Modric, who played a key role in the club's Champions League victory, deserved the award over the Portuguese.
"There are few players that I am as proud of having in my team as [Modric]," said Ramos, per the Daily Mail .
"He is a great friend and a great player. He is one of the few players who [if he wins] would make me as happy as if they had given it to me."
Ramos also appeared to take a dig at Ronaldo in claiming that Modric is more unassuming than the Juve striker, who has yet to score a goal in Serie A.
"Maybe there are players with more marketing, with a bigger name but Modric deserves that award," he added.