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I’m focused, says Ramos

Curitiba: Spain’s chances of retaining the World Cup trophy will be a lot better if Sergio Ramos can do for his country what he did at Real Madrid this season.

Ramos is enjoying a career-best season, highlighted by his stoppage-time header that forced extra-time in Real’s eventual 4-1 Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid.

“That was a very important moment for me,” Ramos said on Tuesday from Spain’s training facility at Atletico Paranaense. “One of the most important moments of my life, to score a goal like that.”

On Friday, Ramos will make his 117th appearance for Spain as they opens Group B against the Netherlands, in a rematch of the 2010 final won by Spain 1-0 after extra-time.

“Fortunately I’ve been able to win a lot of titles with the national team and the club, so it’s all just a bonus to also be named among the world’s best defenders or players," said Ramos, speaking at a promotional event which saw him named a Unicef ambassador from Spain. “I am focused and tru to keep improving.”

In Brazil, Ramos is not only fantasizing about leading the defending champions to a record fourth straight major championship title, but the chance at redemption by beating the hosts on home soil. “The nice thing about football is you can always get another chance, it always offer the chance of revenge,” Ramos said.