Micah Richards was overcome with emotion after Manchester City lifted the FA Cup.
The 22-year-old defender spoke of his pride at collecting a winner’s medal following the 1-0 victory against Stoke at Wembley on Saturday.
Richards, who has spent seven years at the club after coming through the youth system, is determined to kick on.
He said: “When you have played 90 minutes and win something major like this after coming through the academy it is amazing.
“It has been the best week of my life, getting into the Champions League and winning the FA Cup. We have brought in a lot of quality but I believe in myself, in that when I am playing at 100 per cent I can match anyone in the world.
“That’s why I have to keep learning, keep concentrating as I want to be the best. I am doing all right but it helps when you have 10 other quality players around you. That makes my job a lot easier. The manager has shown great faith in me and I appreciate that.”
City were good value for their win, which ended their 35-year wait for a major trophy.
Yaya Toure, who scored the winner against Manchester United in the semi-final, again got the all-important goal, rattling in a shot past goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen after pinball in the Stoke area in the 74th minute.
Richards said: “It’s a big pitch at Wembley and we got it down and played good football.
“They came back into the game in the second half but we dealt with them quite well. Overall I think we deserved to win the game.”