Spains World Cup hopes higher with in-form Ramos -

Spains World Cup hopes higher with in-form Ramos

CURITIBA, Spain (AP) -- 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. The 28-year-old Ramos says the goal was “one of the most important moments” of his life—and came after he netted twice against Bayern Munich in the semifinals.

In Brazil, Ramos is not only fantasizing about leading the defending champions to a record fourth straight major championship title, but redemption and the chance of beating the hosts on home soil.

Brazil beat Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup final last year and Ramos says “the nice thing about football is it always offers the chance of revenge.”

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