Sergio Ramos is perhaps the most famous defender in the world right now. After his performance in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool, the Spain captain incurred the wrath of the majority of the football fraternity because of his actions in the game.
At first, a hard foul on Mohamed Salah ended the Egyptian’s night and then an elbow to Lorius Karius apparently induced a concussion. Although the intent can never truly be deduced accurately, Ramos has regardless faced the inferno of the masses due to his rough style of play.
But make no mistake here: defensively, Ramos was astute throughout the game. While the former Sevilla star can, at times, be a liability due to his hot head and the subsequent proneness to earning yellow and/or red cards, he can never truly be counted off from a game.
Ahead of the World Cup, many are talking about the dark side of his game. This slideshow, however, appreciates and acknowledges him as the best defender in the world because of these five reasons…
#5 Consistent at top level
Sergio Ramos has been playing at the top level for as long as anyone can remember. Considering this, 32 is a young age for someone who has been around since 2004. Busting into the scene as a young and aggressive fullback at Sevilla, he joined Real Madrid in 2005 and became an instant hit with the Madridistas.
After playing the initial part of his Madrid career as a right-back, Sergio Ramos shifted to the centre under Jose Mourinho and has been there ever since. This is a man that has been the first choice defender for Real Madrid for over a decade – and, in itself, is something special.
The fact that he is the longest-serving member and the captain of the club proves what an important figure he is for the club. A lot of defenders have come and gone in the meantime, but Ramos stood the test of time and not only established himself as the captain of the most successful club in the world but also one of the best centre-backs in Europe of this era.