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Spain were immense at the back.
A shock 1-0 defeat by Switzerland in the group stages saw Spain suffer at the hands of the critics, but it was only up from there.
Playing at right-back, Ramos did his part in the 2-0 win over Honduras and 2-1 triumph against Chile to help Spain qualify for the knockout stages.
Spain beat Portugal 1-0 in the last 16, with Ramos playing well alongside Joan Capdevila, Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique.
Against Paraguay in the quarter-final and Germany in the semi-final, 1-0 was again the order of the day.
Against the Netherlands in the final, it was the same again.
Keeping a clean sheet is all you can ask from a defender, and Ramos was as good as any of the others in Spain's tough back line.
He also offered the side an outlet in attack, too, and deserved his World Cup medal.
If Ramos had to list his proudest moment, you would bet on it being this.
Can he and Spain do it again?