Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos is the ultimate warrior… and he can play, too
- Sergio Ramos is willing to put his body on the line in order to win trophies
- Ramos targets the danger man and has a toughness that modern defenders lack
- His comfort in possession and technical ability make him perfect centre-back
I love watching Sergio Ramos. He is a beacon of light in an era when there are not enough good defenders.
It is little wonder he is the world’s most decorated defender. This is a player who will time and again put his body on the line in pursuit of glory. A player whose leadership qualities are second to none. A player who not even Diego Costa can bully.
I don’t like to see the kind of challenge that curtailed Mohamed Salah’s final. Ramos grabs hold of Salah’s arm and twists it around, almost like a judo throw. It was clear he was trying to leave a little bit on his opponent.
Sergio Ramos knows how to target the danger man – but wouldn’t have wanted to injure Salah
But the best defenders will target the danger man and — within the laws of the game — use whatever means necessary to test them to the limit.
While I am sure Ramos would not have wanted to see Salah go off injured, that moment was arguably as important as Gareth Bale’s overhead kick.
The Real Madrid captain has a toughness that we are not seeing in other defenders.
It’s clear to see why Ramos has won so much, he has a toughness that other defenders lack
Not only is Ramos the ultimate warrior but he also has the technical ability of a midfielder. He is so comfortable in possession.
With his individual brilliance, Real Madrid do not need to rely on their defence working as a unit.
Marcelo will bomb forwards from left back, confident that Ramos can deal with any trouble in the space he has vacated.
As a defender for the modern-day game, Ramos ticks all the boxes.
Ramos is also brilliant with the ball at his feet, which counters Madrid’s attacking full-backs