Chelsea midfielder Ramires has told Super Esportes in Brazil that being selected for the L’Equipe team of 2012 has capped off a great year and that he is very proud to be named among the top eleven players in Europe for the past 12 months. The Brazilian spoke about the “magical year” in which he won a Champions League winners medal with the London club and revealed that this recognition will give him extra motivation to push on in 2013. The player went on to thank his friends and family for supporting him throughout the year and spoke about the recognition being an honour for Brazilian football as well.
"I was very proud when I received the news that I was in the selection in this year's L'Equipe team, an honour to be part of this select group of players and a pleasure to represent football in Brazil. I’ve really lived a magical year with winning the Champions League”.
"I thank my fellow family, friends and all who support me. Having this recognition is rewarding and gives me even more motivation to move forward.”
The L’Equipe team of the year is voted for by a group of journalists every year to determine who have been the best players in Europe over the past 12 months. This year’s selection has seen the two Spanish clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate the list with seven players included in the eleven places. Ramires has been joined by Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany as the only other chosen Premier League player. The Chelsea star is the only Brazilian to make the selection.
The inclusion of Ramires in the team has come as recognition of his influence during Chelsea’s progression in the Champions League last season. Despite missing the final due to suspension the midfielder was instrumental in the semi final second leg against Barcelona where he scored the crucial away goal to swing the tie in his side’s favour. Even though he missed the final he still picked up a medal to go along side his FA Cup medal. Again Ramries played a vital role by opening the scoring in the final as Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners over Liverpool.
Ramires now wants even more from his football and Chelsea, which can only be good for the club.