Chelsea's Ramires delighted at L'Equipe award
Chelsea's Ramires spoke of his delight at being named as the only Brazilian in the European Team of the Year by French publication L'Equipe.
It caps a magnificent year for the Seleção star who can boast a Champions League winner's medal to his name after Roberto Di Matteo's side battled their way to win the trophy in May.
Ramires told Super Esportes: "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."
Ramires will now be concentrating on establishing himslef in new boss Rafael Benitez's plans as Chelsea look to regain lost ground on Manchester United in the chase for the Premier League title.
Source: Sports Witness