Sergio Ramos (PSG/Spain)
PSG, Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos has long been heralded as one of the best in his position in the world. He played as a centre-back for Real Madrid for 16 seasons, whom he captained for six seasons. He has previously played as a right-back earlier in his career. In 2021, he joined PSG on a free transfer.
Personally I was upset when Ramos in the 2018 Champions League final got Mo Salah’s shoulder dislocated - forcing Salah off the field. Ramos’ diabolical cunning tackle also jeopardised Salah’s participation in Egypt’s first 2018 World Cup appearance after 28 years.
When not getting himself into trouble, Ramos is considered exceptional. He is strong and fast, applauded by fans & football pundits for his attacking skills and thrives in one-on-one battles with opponents.
At Real Madrid he had won 22 major honours, including five La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles, becoming one of La Liga’s top goalscorers from a defensive position.
Ramos has been named to the FIFPro World11 eleven times; a record for a defender, and the third-most all-time. He has also been elected to the UEFA Team of the Year nine times, also a record for a defender and the third-most of any player.
Additionally, Ramos has been named La Liga’s Best Defender a record five times, and to the La Liga Team of the Season in 2015–16.
Internationally, the 35 yr old has represented the Spanish national team at four World Cups and three European Championships. He currently holds the record as the most capped player (180 apps) in the history of the Spanish national team and is his country’s eighth-highest all-time goalscorer. He also holds the record of most international victories for Spain with 131 matches won.
La Liga: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2016–17, 2019–20
Copa del Rey: 2010–11, 2013–14
Supercopa de España: 2008, 2012, 2017, 2019–20
UEFA Champions League: 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017
FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2004
FIFA World Cup: 2010
UEFA European Championship: 2008, 2012
France Football on Sergio Ramos: “The dominant impression is that a defender has never had a similar impact on the teams he played for. And this occurs in both areas (defense and attack), which perhaps makes him unique compared to his predecessors.”