James: Ronaldo is the best

The Portuguese forward is one of the three nominees, alongside Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer, gunning for the 2014 Ballon d’Or award, and his Los Blancos teammate feels 99% of the votes should be given to the Galatico goal-scoring machine.

"It's an award all players dream of, but the Ballon d'Or is Cristiano's right now," Rodriguez said. "He'll win it again this year because he deserves it, simple as that.

"He should win with 99 percent of the votes. As our coach [Carlo Ancelotti] said, there is a huge gulf between Cristiano and all the rest right now."

Ronaldo's hat-trick on the weekend saw him score his 200th goal in Spain as he broke the record the most trebles in La Liga history, and Rodriguez says Ronaldo’s talent is clear for all to see.

"His quality speaks for itself," he said. "He works very hard to be what he is: the best in the world."

Rodriguez then spoke of his joy at working under Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti who has set up a formidable Madrid unit this season.

"Ancelotti is a great coach and we talk often,” he said. “He has taught me a lot these past few months. I'm working hard to keep learning from him. We are all really happy to be working with Carlo.

"He asks much more of everyone defensively speaking. That's the key to Real's current good form."

Madrid currently lead the La Liga standings with 36 points, two ahead of rivals Barcelona.

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