Sergio Ramos GarcÃaÂ (Spanish pronunciation:Â [ËˆseÉ¾xjo Ëˆramoz É£aÉ¾ËˆÎ¸i.a];[A]Â born 30 March 1986) is a Spanish professionalÂ footballerÂ who plays for andÂ captainsÂ bothÂ Real MadridÂ and theÂ Spanish national teamÂ as aÂ centre back. He has also played as aÂ right back.Â Ramos is widely regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation, and has also received praise for his passing and goalscoring capabilities.
After emerging throughÂ Sevilla‘s youth academy and spending two seasons with the senior side, Ramos moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2005.Â Since then, he has gone on to become a mainstay for Real Madrid, and has won 21 major honours, including four La Liga titles and fourÂ UEFA Champions LeagueÂ titles, becoming one of La Liga’s top goalscorers from a defensive position. He played a crucial part in the build-up to all four UEFA Champions League wins, being named in the competition Squad of the Season each time. He also notably scored the equalizer in the 93rd minute of theÂ 2014 UEFA Champions League Final.
Ramos has been named to theÂ FIFPro World XIÂ ten times; a record for a defender, and the third-most all-time. He has also been elected to theÂ UEFA Team of the YearÂ eight times; also a record for a defender, and third-most all-time. Additionally, Ramos has been namedÂ La Liga’s Best DefenderÂ a record five times, and to theÂ La Liga Team of the SeasonÂ inÂ 2015â€“16.
Internationally, Ramos represented theÂ Spanish national teamÂ at fourÂ World CupsÂ and threeÂ European Championships. He won theÂ 2010 FIFA World CupÂ and theÂ UEFA European ChampionshipÂ inÂ 2008Â andÂ 2012, being named to theÂ FIFA World Cup Dream TeamÂ in 2010, and theÂ UEFA Euro Team of the TournamentÂ in 2012. He made his first appearance for Spain at the age of 18 and, in 2013, he became the nation’s youngest player to ever reachÂ 100 caps.Â Ramos currently holds the record as theÂ most capped playerÂ in the history of the Spanish national team, and is his country’s tenth-highestÂ all-time goalscorer.
Born inÂ Camas, Seville,Â Andalusia,Â Ramos began his career at local sideÂ Sevilla, emerging through the club’s youth system alongsideÂ JesÃºs NavasÂ andÂ Antonio Puerta. He made his first-team â€“ andÂ La LigaÂ â€“ debut on 1 February 2004, coming on as a 64th-minuteÂ substituteÂ forÂ Francisco GallardoÂ in a 0â€“1 away loss againstÂ Deportivo de La CoruÃ±a.
In theÂ 2004â€“05 season, Ramos appeared in 41 games as Sevilla finished sixth andÂ qualifiedÂ to theÂ UEFA Cup, scoring in home fixtures againstÂ Real SociedadÂ (2â€“1)Â andÂ Real MadridÂ (2â€“2).Â InÂ the season’s editionÂ of that European tournament, he scored his first continental goal, heading to conclude a 2â€“0 win overÂ CD NacionalÂ at theÂ Estadio Ramon SÃ¡nchez PizjuÃ¡nÂ in theÂ first roundÂ (4â€“1 aggregate).
2005â€“09: Record transfer and early days
In the summer of 2005, Ramos was purchased by Real Madrid forÂ â‚¬27Â million, a record for a Spanish defender.Â He was the only Spanish player brought in duringÂ Florentino PÃ©rez‘s first stint as Real’s president.
At the club, Ramos was assigned the number 4 shirt, previously worn byÂ Fernando Hierro. On 6 December 2005 he netted his first goal for theÂ Merengues, in a 1â€“2Â UEFA Champions LeagueÂ group stage lossÂ atÂ Olympiacos.
During his first seasons, Ramos played as centre back, being also used as an emergencyÂ defensive midfielderÂ on occasion. However, with the arrival ofÂ Christoph MetzelderÂ andÂ PepeÂ in theÂ 2007â€“08 season, he was again relocated to right back. In his first four seasons at Real Madrid, Ramos displayed a goalscoring instinct unusual to many defenders, netting more than 20 goals overall. He also received the first nine of his 24 red cards for the club, including four inÂ his debut season. His first red card came after two bookable offences in a 1â€“0 away loss toÂ RCD EspanyolÂ on 18 September 2005.
On 4 May 2008, he assistedÂ Gonzalo HiguaÃnÂ in theÂ 89th minuteÂ againstÂ CA OsasunaÂ in an eventual 2â€“1 away win, the match that sealed the club’s 31st league championship. On the final day of the season, he scored twice in a 5â€“2 home win against already relegatedÂ Levante UD: one through a header, and another an individual effort; these goals taking his league tally for theÂ 2007â€“08 seasonÂ to five.
On 24 August 2008, Ramos scored in theÂ 2008Â Supercopa de EspaÃ±aÂ second-leg againstÂ Valencia CF, making the score 2â€“1 in an eventual 4â€“2 and 6â€“5 aggregate win. The victory came despite Real Madrid playing with only nine men for a long period of time afterÂ Rafael van der VaartÂ andÂ Ruud van NistelrooyÂ were sent off. Although Ramos experienced a slight dip in form during the early part of theÂ 2008â€“09 season, he returned to his best and on 11 January 2009, scoring an acrobatic volley in a 3â€“0 triumph atÂ RCD Mallorca.Â He continued his scoring run the following week in a 3â€“1 home win against Osasuna.
Ramos was named in bothÂ FIFAÂ andÂ UEFA‘s 2008Â Team of the Year, adding the FIFPro Team of the Year 2007â€“08 accolade. He also finished 21st in the European Player of the Year nomination for 2008.
2009â€“15: Breakout and team mainstay
At the start of theÂ 2009â€“10 season, Ramos was appointed as one of Real Madrid’s four captains. Because Pepe had suffered a serious knee injury during this campaign, Ramos was often deployed as central defender. He scored four goals in 33 league matches; and, on 21 February 2010 he played his 200th official match for theÂ capitalÂ team againstÂ Villarreal CFÂ (150 in the first division). Despite these personal highlights,Â Los BlancosÂ finished the campaign without picking up any silverware.
In Real Madrid’s 0â€“5 loss at Barcelona on 29 November 2010, Ramos wasÂ sent offÂ after kickingÂ Lionel MessiÂ from behind, then pushingÂ Carles PuyolÂ in the ensuing melÃ©e.Â After this ejection, he equalledÂ Fernando Hierro‘s previous record of ten red cards at the club, despite having played in 264 fewer games.Â On 20 April 2011, Ramos started inÂ the season‘sÂ Copa del ReyÂ final, a 1â€“0 win against Barcelona inÂ Valencia. In the subsequent victory procession, while celebrating on the top of the club’s bus, he accidentally lost hold of the cup, which fell under the wheels of the vehicle; the trophy was dented as a result.
On 12 July 2011, Ramos extended his contract with Real Madrid until 2017.Â The following 25 April, in theÂ Champions League semi-finals’ second legÂ againstÂ FC Bayern Munich, he missed hisÂ penalty shootoutÂ attempt as Real Madrid lost 1â€“3;Â the league campaign ended in conquest after a four-year wait, and he was the player with most balls recovered in his team, third overall.
On 9 January 2013, Ramos was sent off for a secondÂ bookable offenseÂ midway through the second half of an eventual 4â€“0 home win overÂ Celta de VigoÂ forÂ the domestic cup. He subsequently received a four-match suspension, after it was revealed he also insultedÂ refereeÂ Miguel Ãngel Ayza GÃ¡mez.Â The following month, mere minutes after scoring the second goal at home againstÂ Rayo VallecanoÂ and less than 20 minutes into the first half, he received two yellow cards within one minute in the eventual 2â€“0 home success, taking his red card tally with Real Madrid alone to 16; and 12 in the league.
In late February/early March 2013, due to the absence ofÂ Iker CasillasÂ due to injury, RamosÂ captainedÂ Real to back-to-back wins over Barcelona in just four days: he netted the 2â€“1 home winner in the second game, heading home after aÂ corner kick.
On 14 December 2013, Ramos received aÂ club recordÂ 18th red card for Real Madrid in a 2â€“2 draw at Osasuna,Â but the suspension was later lifted.Â His 19th came in a 3â€“4 home defeat to Barcelona, on 23 March 2014.
On 26 April, Ramos scored a header against Osasuna inÂ La LigaÂ at the Bernabeu, in a counter-attack which he began with a strong tackle. It was his first goal in La Liga in six months, since his volley against Levante on match-day 8.Â On 29 April 2014, Ramos scored two headers in four minutes in a 4â€“0 away win against Bayern Munich inÂ the semi-finals of the Champions League,Â with the tie ending with a 5â€“0 aggregate score and Madrid’sÂ qualification to the decisive matchÂ for the first time in twelve years. Ramos’ brace against Bayern (4 minutes) was the fastest brace inÂ UEFA Champions LeagueÂ semi-final history at the time.Â On 4 May, Ramos scored in the 2â€“2 draw with Valencia at home inÂ La LigaÂ with another header, scoring in back-to-back league games.Â Just three days later, Ramos scored his first free-kick for a 1â€“1 draw away to Valladolid, having scored in three consecutive La Liga matches and scoring four consecutive matches for Real Madrid for the first time.Â On 24 May, in the final againstÂ AtlÃ©tico Madrid, he headed home in stoppage time to tie the game 1â€“1, and Real Madrid went on to win 4â€“1 inÂ extra timeÂ to claim ‘La Decima’, their tenth trophy in the competition; he was also chosen by fans asÂ Man of the match.Â Ramos endedÂ 2013/14Â with 7 goals, which made it his highest scoring season for Real Madrid at the time.
Ramos startedÂ 2014â€“15 seasonÂ on 12 August 2014 by playing the full 90 minutes in a 2â€“0 win againstÂ SevillaÂ to win their first trophy of the season, theÂ UEFA Super Cup. He then played the two-leggedÂ Supercopa de EspaÃ±aÂ final againstÂ AtlÃ©tico MadridÂ withÂ Los BlancosÂ losing 2â€“1 on aggregate.Â Ramos scored his first goal of the season on 31 August in week two ofÂ La Liga, a header in a 4â€“2 away loss againstÂ Real Sociedad.Â Ramos scored his 50th Real Madrid goal which came off his knee on 8 November against Athletic Club at the Bernabeu in La Liga as Real Madrid won 5â€“1.
He scored in both the semi-final andÂ the finalÂ of theÂ 2014 FIFA Club World CupÂ and was voted the Player of the Match in both as Real Madrid won the tournament in Morocco. Ramos was also voted the player of the tournament, winning the Golden Ball.
2015â€“present: Captaincy and sustained success
Ramos agreed a new five-year contract with Real Madrid in August 2015, tying him to the club until 2020. He was also made captain after the transfer of Casillas toÂ FC Porto.Â On 8 November, Ramos scored his first goal of the season away to Sevilla, it was an overhead kick which forced him to get substituted due to landing on his injured left shoulder.
On 20 December 2015, Ramos captained Madrid to a 10â€“2 victory overÂ Rayo Vallecano, the club’s highest scoring La Liga victory in 55 years.Â The following 13 March, he received his 20th red card for Real Madrid in a 2â€“1 win overÂ Las Palmas, having earlier scored the game’s opening goal with a header from anÂ IscoÂ corner kick. On 2 April 2016, he returned from suspension in a 2â€“1 victory against Barcelona atÂ Camp Nou, where he was again sent off, receiving his 21st red card and fourth in aÂ ClÃ¡sicoÂ fixture.
Real Madrid reached theÂ 2016 UEFA Champions League Final, where they facedÂ AtlÃ©tico Madrid. Ramos once again scored in a final, putting Real ahead in the first half. After a second-half equaliser from AtlÃ©tico, he then scored a penalty in the shoot-out which resulted in Real winning 5â€“3; thus, he lifted his first UEFA Champions trophy as a captain.Â According to authorÂ Michael Cox, he also notably “tipped the balance of the game toward Real Madrid” by trippingÂ Yannick CarrascoÂ up and stopping a three-on-one counter
in stoppage time, with 30 seconds remaining and the score 1â€“1.Â He was namedÂ man of the matchÂ byÂ UEFAÂ after the game.Â By winning the final, Real Madrid earned the right to play against the winners of theÂ 2015â€“16 UEFA Europa League,Â Sevilla, in theÂ 2016 UEFA Super Cup.Â Ramos endedÂ 2015â€“16Â with three goals in 33 games which was his lowest goal tally and the fewest matches he played in any season at Real Madrid due to ongoing injuries.
Ramos started in the Super Cup, scoring Real Madrid’s second goal of the match in the 93rd minute, and hence bringing the game into extra-time. Real Madrid were the eventual 3â€“2 winners, with Ramos being namedÂ man of the match.Â On 3 December 2016, he scored his fourth ClÃ¡sico goal, an equaliser against Barcelona in a 1â€“1 draw at theÂ Camp NouÂ in the 90th minute, extending Madrid’s unbeaten run to 33 games.Â One week later, he scored another late goal, this time after 92 minutes, to help Madrid claim a 3â€“2 victory againstÂ Deportivo de La CoruÃ±a.Â On 15 January 2017, Ramos scored an own goal late in the game against Sevilla which equalised the score at 1â€“1 and eventually Real Madrid lost the match 2â€“1 in stoppage time, thus ending their unbeaten streak at 40 matches.Â A week later, he scored both goals in a 2â€“1 win overÂ MÃ¡laga, registering his 50th goal in La Liga.
On 11 February, in a 3â€“1 victory againstÂ Osasuna, Ramos’s marked his 500th match with the club.Â In theÂ UEFA Champions LeagueÂ Round of 16-second leg, Ramos scored an important equalising header againstÂ S.S.C. NapoliÂ in a 3â€“1 away win as Real Madrid
qualified to the quarter-final after winning 6â€“2 on aggregate. On 12 March, Ramos scored another late header winner for Real Madrid, this time againstÂ BetisÂ at the Bernabeu in a 2â€“1 win, taking his goal tally to 10 for the season â€“ scoring double digit goals in a season for the first time in his career. Ramos’ winner put Real Madrid back at the top of theÂ La LigaÂ table.Â Real Madrid won their 33rdÂ La LigaÂ title, giving Ramos his fourth league title overall and first as captain.Â They went on to win their first league and European Cup double since 1957â€“58 season, as the team defeatedÂ JuventusÂ in theÂ 2017 UEFA Champions League Final. This also made Ramos the first man to captain a team to back-to-back European Cups in theÂ Champions League era.Â His ten goals inÂ 2016â€“17Â made it the highest scoring season of his career.
On 20 August 2017, in Real Madrid’s first game of theÂ 2017â€“18 La Liga, he received his 23rd career red card. It was his 18th in La Liga, a joint highest record.Â He went on to break that record, seeing his 19th La Liga red in a 0â€“0 draw withÂ Athletic Bilbao.Â Ramos scored his first goal of the season on 13 September in theÂ Champions League, scoring a bicycle kick againstÂ APOELÂ on match-day 1.Â InÂ La Liga, Ramos scored four goals, including two penalties â€“ against Leganes and Sevilla. During theÂ 2017â€“18 UEFA Champions League, he made eleven appearances, while scoring one goal, when Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall Champions League title.Â Ramos’ performance inÂ the final, however, was met with criticism;Â a challenge onÂ Mohamed SalahÂ resulted in the Egyptian dislocating his shoulder and missing the rest of the game,Â and he hit Liverpool keeperÂ Loris KariusÂ in the head with his elbow, the goalkeeper later being diagnosed with concussion.Â Ramos later denied that he intentionally hit Karius, saying thatÂ Virgil van DijkÂ pushed him into Karius.Â Ramos became the first player to captain a team to three consecutive Champions League triumphs, having now lifted the Champions League in every season as captain.
Ramos began theÂ 2018â€“19Â season scoring a penalty in the eventual 2â€“4 loss to Atletico Madrid in theÂ 2018 UEFA Super Cup. Taking the penalty ensured Ramos would be the team’s new penalty taker with the departure ofÂ Cristiano Ronaldo.Â On 26 August 2018, Ramos scored another penalty in Real Madrid’s 1â€“4 away win againstÂ Girona FC, making him the only player along withÂ Lionel MessiÂ to score in each of the last 15Â La LigaÂ seasons.Â One week later, Ramos scored his third penalty of the season, against Leganes in a 4â€“1 win at the BernabÃ©u â€“ his first goal at the BernabÃ©u since March 2017.
On 20 October 2018, Ramos played his 400th La Liga match for Real Madrid in a 1â€“2 loss at home to Levante, becoming only the tenth Real Madrid player to reach this milestone.Â After a run of poor results and the sacking ofÂ Julen Lopetegui, Ramos scored his first goal for Real Madrid in two months through aÂ Panenka, against Real Valladolid inÂ Santiago Solari‘s firstÂ 2018â€“19 La LigaÂ game in charge of Los Blancos.Â Two weeks later, on 11 November, Ramos scored another Panenka againstÂ Celta VigoÂ â€“ making them the 25th different team he scored against in La Liga.Â This was Ramos’ third Panenka from his last four penalties, with the inventor of the penalty,Â AntonÃn Panenka, saying Ramos was the best ‘imitator’ of his penalty technique.Â With five goals in the first three months of the season, Ramos had his best goal-scoring start to a season at Real Madrid.Â In theÂ 2018 FIFA Club World Cup, Ramos played in both Real Madrid’s semi-final against Kashima Antlers and the Final against Al Ain. Ramos scored a header inÂ the finalÂ as Real Madrid won 3â€“1 to claim their third consecutive FIFA Club World Cup.Â Ramos became the first player to lift three consecutiveÂ FIFA Club World CupsÂ while also becoming the first defender to score in two Club World Cup Finals.
On 9 January 2019, Ramos scored a penalty in theÂ Copa del ReyÂ game againstÂ LeganÃ©s, which was his 100th career goal, excluding 2 goals for Sevilla’sÂ reserve team.Â To celebrate the goal, Ramos chose to show the number 100 with his fingers.Â On 24
January, Ramos scored a brace (2 goals) againstÂ GironaÂ in theÂ Copa del Rey Quarter-Final 1st LegÂ in a 4â€“2 home win.Â It was Ramos’ 4th brace for Real Madrid and his first in the Copa del Rey.Â Three days later, Ramos scored his 10th goal of the campaign with a header againstÂ EspanyolÂ in a 2â€“4 away win, which was also his 60thÂ La LigaÂ goal.Â With ten goals to his name, Ramos equaled his highest-scoring season at Real Madrid which he set inÂ 2016â€“17.
On 6 February 2019, Sergio Ramos was playing inÂ the ClÃ¡sicoÂ for the 40th time. The captain has played in more encounters between Real Madrid and Barcelona than any other member of the current squads.Â Three days later, in theÂ Madrid Derby, Ramos scored his eighth penalty of the season and his 11th goal in all competitions â€“ making it his best goal-scoring season at Real Madrid.Â Four days later, in the Champions League
Round of 16 First Leg away win over Ajax, Ramos became just the seventh player to play 600 matches for Real Madrid.Â In the match against Ajax, Ramos was booked for what seemed to be a needless challenge in the 90th minute. The booking meant that Ramos would miss the Second Leg against Ajax at the Bernabeu due a suspension of accumulating yellow cards. This sparked controversy after Ramos hinted to journalists in a post match interview that the yellow card was deliberate, which violatesÂ UEFA‘s rules.Â Two and a half weeks later, UEFA opened a disciplinary investigation regarding this matter and decided to give Ramos a two-game ban, meaning he will also miss both the Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg against Ajax and the quarter-final First Leg which Real Madrid should qualify for.Â Due to Real Madrid’s elimination, the suspension carried onto the next season and Ramos missed the first Champions League game of the 2019/20 season againstÂ PSG.
On 17 February, Ramos played his 601st match for Real Madrid, against Girona in La Liga, equaling the record of Real Madrid legendsÂ HierroÂ andÂ Gento.Â Ten days later, Ramos played in his 41st El Clasico, in the Copa del Rey Semi-final 2nd Leg at home. This was Ramos’ 602nd match for Real Madrid, taking up to him fifth in Real Madrid’s all-time appearances list.Â On 2 March, Ramos played in the La Liga El Clasico at the Bernabeu, making him equal the all-time record of Sanchis,Â GentoÂ andÂ XaviÂ by playing in 42 Clasicos.Â On 5 March, Real Madrid were eliminated from the Champions League by Ajax after losing 4â€“1 at the Bernabeu (aggregate 5â€“3).Â Ramos did not feature due to being suspended after forcing a yellow card in the first leg, thus faced criticism for doing so.Â Moreover, Ramos faced even more criticism as he was caught with a camera crew in the stands, filming for his newÂ Amazon PrimeÂ documentary.Â Ramos took to hisÂ TwitterÂ andÂ InstagramÂ accounts to discuss the controversy surrounding his actions in which he admitted forcing the yellow card against Ajax in the first leg ‘was an error and I take the blame 200%’. Regarding filming the documentary, Ramos claimed there were ‘certain commitments’ made prior and he did not imagine the game would pan out as it did.Â Ramos picked up a calf injury at the start of April which saw him miss the rest of the campaign and the final eight La Liga matches.
Ramosâ€™ first goal of the season was a header in his firstÂ Champions LeagueÂ match of the campaign, againstÂ Club BruggeÂ on 1 October at the Bernabeu. The goal came at a vital time as Real Madrid were 0â€“2 down by half-time but were able to make a comeback after another header byÂ Casemiro. This was also Ramosâ€™ first Champions League goal in two seasons.Â On 30 October, Ramos scored from the penalty-spot in a 5â€“0 home victory overÂ LeganÃ©s, continuing his run of scoring in 16 straight La Liga seasons.Â One week later, on 6 November, Ramos scored his first penalty in the Champions League, which came againstÂ GalatasarayÂ in a 6â€“0 home win. It was another â€˜Panenkaâ€™ style penalty and also meant that Ramos scored in two Champions League group matches in the same season for the first time.Â On 18 December, Ramos played in his 43rd El Clasico, claiming the all-time appearance record for this historic fixture.
On 12 January, Ramos scored the winning penalty in aÂ shoot-outÂ against Atletico Madrid in theÂ Supercopa de EspaÃ±a FinalÂ inÂ JeddahÂ as Real Madrid won 4â€“1 on penalties after a 0â€“0 draw afterÂ extra time. This was the first time in Ramosâ€™ career that he scored a winning penalty in a shoot-out.Â The 2020 Super Copa title was Ramosâ€™ 21st trophy with Real Madrid.Â A month later, Ramos scored another header in La Liga, this time away toÂ OsasunaÂ as Real Madrid won 4â€“1 to maintain top position in the table.Â Ramosâ€™ goal at El Sadar meant that he had scored in 20 different La Liga stadiums.Â This was also Ramosâ€™ first La Liga goal of 2020, meaning he was the only player to score in La Liga in each of the last 17 calendar years â€“ dating back to 2004.
Early international career and 2006 FIFA World Cup
In 2004, Ramos became an instant hit forÂ Spain’s under-19, for whom he played six international matches. During theÂ 2004 U19 Euro, Ramos was a key figure for Spain as he started in four out of five of their matches on the way to winning their second U19 European Championship, including scoring a decisive penalty in the Semi-final penalty-shoot out againstÂ Ukraine.Â On 26 March 2005, in a 3â€“0Â friendlyÂ win overÂ ChinaÂ inÂ Salamanca, he first appeared for theÂ senior sideÂ at only 18 years and 361 days of age, making him the youngest player to play for the national team in the last 55 years. He held this record until 1 March 2006, when it was broken byÂ Cesc FÃ bregasÂ in a friendly match againstÂ CÃ´te d’Ivoire.
On 12 October 2005, Ramos scored his first two international goals in a 6â€“0 away thrashing ofÂ San MarinoÂ for theÂ 2006 FIFA World CupÂ qualifiers.Â He was selected for the final stages in Germany and, after the international retirement of Real Madrid teammateÂ MÃchel Salgado, became the undisputed first-choice right-back. Despite wearing the number 4 jersey for Real Madrid, Ramos admitted he wears the number 15 for Spain in memory of his close friend and former Sevilla teammate Puerta, who died in August 2007 and made his Spain debut wearing No. 15.
Throughout Spain’sÂ UEFA Euro 2008Â qualifying campaign, Ramos was a regular member of the starting eleven as the national side finished first in its group, aboveÂ Sweden. He scored two goals, including one in a 3â€“1 away win overÂ Denmark, in 11 appearances. In the tournament’s final stages, Ramos played in all matches and minutes, except the 2â€“1 group stage win againstÂ Greece. InÂ the final, his pass nearly set upÂ Marcos Senna‘s first international goal, but the latter missed his opportunity by inches. During the celebrations after the 1â€“0 defeat ofÂ Germany, he wore a T-shirt in honour of his late friend Puerta.
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup
Ramos was selected in the squad for theÂ 2009 FIFA Confederations CupÂ in South Africa, as Spain finished in third.Â On 3 June 2010, he captained Spain for the first time, in a 1â€“0 friendly win overÂ South KoreaÂ inÂ Innsbruck, Austria.
At theÂ 2010 World Cup, held in the same country, Ramos played every minute of the tournament as a right back, helping Spain keep fiveÂ clean sheetsÂ and reachÂ the final, which they won 1â€“0 against theÂ Netherlands; he topped the tournament’sÂ Castrol Performance IndexÂ with a score of 9.79.
Ramos returned to the heart of the defence forÂ Euro 2012. When asked about his role change, he replied: â€œI have adapted and feel comfortable in the middle, but I am a World and European champion at right-back.â€Â He played all the games inÂ PolandÂ andÂ UkraineÂ alongside Barcelona’sÂ Gerard PiquÃ©Â and, in the semi-finals againstÂ Portugal, he converted his penalty shootout attempt in an eventual 4â€“2 win (0â€“0 after 120 minutes), scoring for the eventual champions inÂ Panenka-style.Â On 1 July, Ramos won his third trophy with the Spanish senior National Team as they thrashed Italy 4â€“0 in the Final. Ramos’ performances during the Euro earned him a place in the Team of The Tournament.Â Ramos wore another T-shirt during Spain’s Euro 2012 celebrations to pay homage to his late friend Puerta.
2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup
On 22 March 2013, Ramos celebrated his 100thÂ capÂ by opening the scoring in a 1â€“1 draw withÂ FinlandÂ inÂ GijÃ³nÂ for theÂ 2014 World Cup qualifiers. He became the youngest European player ever to reach that figure in the process, surpassing Germany’sÂ Lukas Podolski.Â In June, Ramos contested in theÂ 2013 FIFA Confederations CupÂ in Brazil, starting every match as Spain lost to the hosts inÂ the final. He captained the side for their secondÂ groupÂ game, a 10â€“0 win overÂ TahitiÂ at theÂ MaracanÃ£, which is the biggest win of his career.Â On 30 June, he missed a penalty kick in the 3â€“0Â Confederations Cup FinalÂ loss toÂ Brazil.
Ramos was selected for his thirdÂ World CupÂ inÂ 2014.Â He played the full 90 minutes of each of the team’s matches in Brazil, each with a different partner in central defence, as the reigning champions were eliminated from the group stage.
Euro 2016 and 2018 FIFA World Cup
In February 2016, Ramos won theÂ Luis AragonesÂ Award byÂ MarcaÂ which distinguished him as the best player of the National Team in the past year.Â WithÂ David de GeaÂ selected ahead of Iker Casillas in Spain’s starting line-up, Ramos captained the team atÂ UEFA Euro 2016. On 21 June 2016, he had a penalty kick saved byÂ Danijel SubaÅ¡iÄ‡Â in a 2â€“1 loss toÂ Croatia.Â Spain finished their Euro group as runners-up and crashed out in the Round of 16 againstÂ Italy.
On 23 March 2018, days before turning 32, Ramos earned his 150th cap for Spain in a 1â€“1 friendly draw with Germany inÂ DÃ¼sseldorf. OnlyÂ Iker CasillasÂ had previously reached the mark for the team.
Ramos was included in the SpainÂ squadÂ for theÂ 2018 FIFA World CupÂ and would go into his fourth tournament, and first World Cup as Captain after Iker Casillas missed out.Â He played in all three of Spain’s Group stage matches as they topped the ‘Group of Death’ ahead of European Champions Portugal.Â In theÂ Round of 16Â againstÂ Russia, Ramos believed he scored the opening goal but it was later credited as anÂ Sergei IgnashevichÂ own goal.Â The match ended 1â€“1 after Extra Time and was decided on penalties (4â€“2) as the hosts eliminated La Roja. Ramos scored Spain’s fourth penalty but it wasn’t enough as teammatesÂ KokeÂ andÂ AspasÂ both had their penalties saved.
2018â€“19 UEFA Nations League and Euro 2020 qualification
With new coachÂ Luis Enrique, Ramos retained captaincy of the national team. He played in all four of Spain’sÂ 2018â€“19 UEFA Nations LeagueÂ group matches, becoming the nation’s top scorer in the group with three goals â€“ scoring once against England and twice against Croatia.Â Spain finished second in their UEFA Nations League Group, which saw them miss out on theÂ 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals.Â In March 2019, Ramos scored the winner in Spain’s firstÂ UEFA Euro 2020 qualifyingÂ match againstÂ NorwayÂ through anotherÂ PanenkaÂ penalty in a 2â€“1 win.Â This was his tenth penalty of the season, scoring them all. It was also his fifth consecutive match scoring for Spain, which is a personal record.Â Spain manager Enrique hailed Ramos as a ‘unique player in history’ after the match.
In the second Euro 2020 qualification match, away toÂ Malta, Ramos did not score for the first time in six matches for Spain â€“ failing to extend his scoring streak. However the match ended 2â€“0 to Spain which was his 121st win with La Roja, equaling the all-time record of Iker Casillas.Â On 7 June 2019, Ramos broke the record of most international victories with 122, following a 4â€“1 victory against theÂ Faroe Islands, scoring Spain’s opening goal in the process.Â Three days later, ahead of the match against Sweden, Ramos received a plaque from theÂ Spanish Football FederationÂ to commemorate his record.Â The match ended with a 3â€“0 win for Spain, where he scored the first goal and extended his tally to 123 international victories.Â On 5 September 2019, Ramos scored from a penalty kick his 21st international goal to open the score in Spain’s 2â€“1 away win overÂ RomaniaÂ in aÂ Euro 2020 qualifier, which made him the joint 10th top scorer in the history of the national team, alonsigdeÂ MÃchel.Â On 8 September, Ramos won his 167th cap for Spain in a 4â€“0 home win over the Faroe Islands in a Euro 2020 qualifier; with this appearance, he equaled Iker Casillas as Spain’s most capped player of all time.Â On 12 October 2019, he became the nation’sÂ most cappedÂ player.
Style of play
Regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, Ramos is a physically strong player who excels in the air due to his elevation, eye for goal, and heading accuracy, making him a goal threat on set-pieces;Â he is also a competent, aggressive tackler. In addition to his defensive skills and goalscoring ability,Â he is gifted with pace,Â good technical ability, as well as good distribution, passing, and crossing ability.Â According to Spanish sports newspaperÂ Marca,Â FIFA‘s official records confirmed that in 2015, Ramos was clocked at a sprinting speed of 30.6 kilometers per hour, making him one of the fastest footballers in the world at the time.Â He is also an accurateÂ penaltyÂ taker, and is known for often using the Panenka technique when taking them.
Due to his leadership, his athletic and technical prowess, his ability to excel both offensively and defensively, as well as his tactical versatility, which allows him to be deployed as aÂ centre backÂ and as aÂ full back, former managerÂ Carlo AncelottiÂ has compared him to legendary defenderÂ Paolo Maldini.Â Due to his tactical versatility, he has also occasionally been deployed as aÂ centralÂ orÂ defensive midfielder, in particular under Ancelotti during the 2014â€“15 season.Â Ramos has been praised for his decisive performances in important games, most notably for Real Madrid, due to his tendency to score crucial goals for his team, and is considered by several pundits to be one of the most reliable performers in high-pressure situations.[B]Â However, his concentration from match to match has been questioned.
Ramos holds multiple disciplinary records, in the Champions League, La Liga, and in the Spanish national team.
Ramos holds the record for being the most carded player in La Liga, with 173 cards. 19 of those are red cards, making him the most sent-off player in La Liga as well. He is one yellow card away from having a tie withÂ Alberto Lopo, the current record holder for La Liga yellow cards.Â His La Liga card record is higher than any other player’s in the major European league, making him the most booked player in all major European leagues.
In the Champions League, Ramos has amassed 37 yellow cards and 3 red cards (2 of which were straight red cards), making him the most-carded player in Champions League history.
Lastly, Ramos also holds the record for being the most carded player in the history of the Spanish national team.
Ramos entered a relationship with journalist/presenterÂ Pilar RubioÂ in September 2012. This was confirmed by both at theÂ FIFA Ballon d’Or.Â They have three sons together: Sergio Jr (born 6 May 2014), Marco (born 27 November 2015) and Alejandro (born 25 March 2018).Â On 16 July 2018, Ramos proposed to long-term girlfriend Pilar Rubio and the couple got engaged.Â The couple married in Ramos’ home-town of Seville on 15 June 2019.
Ramos has been described as a ‘family person’ and has a close relationship with his siblings and parents.Â Rene, Ramos’ brother is currently hisÂ football agent.Â Ramos is a fan ofÂ bullfightingÂ and he is a personal friend of matador Alejandro Talavante.Â He celebrated victories for both club and country by playing with a matador’s cape.Â Ramos is also a keen horse aficionado, owning aÂ stud farmÂ in his nativeÂ AndalusiaÂ specifically dedicated to the breeding of theÂ Andalusian horse.Â Ramos’ horse, ‘YucatÃ¡n SR4’ became a World Champion in 2018.Â Ramos isÂ Catholic, and has a tattoo ofÂ MaryÂ which covers the top half of his left arm.
Amazon Prime documentary
In January 2019,Â Amazon PrimeÂ and Ramos himself announced they will release an eight-episodeÂ docu-seriesÂ on Ramos’ life on and off the pitch. This would be the first ever time the public would see the personal side of Ramos and his family.Â On 5 March, during Real Madrid’sÂ Champions League Round of 16Â second leg match, Ramos was suspended and watched the match from his VIP area in the stands. His reactions were filmed by the Amazon Prime crew.Â This sparked controversy as Real Madrid lost that match and were eliminated from the Champions League, but Ramos suggested on his social media networks that there were ‘certain commitments made and it never remotely went through my head that the game could have turned out as it did’.
|Sevilla B||2003â€“04||Segunda DivisiÃ³n||26||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||26||2|
|Real Madrid||2005â€“06||La Liga||33||4||6||1||7||1||0||0||46||6|
- As of 18 November 2019
- As of match played 5 September 2019. Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Ramos goal.
|1||13 October 2005||Olimpico,Â Serravalle, San Marino||Â San Marino||3â€“0||4â€“0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||13 October 2007||Atletion,Â Aarhus, Denmark||Â Denmark||2â€“0||3â€“1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualification|
|4||17 November 2007||Santiago BernabÃ©u,Â Madrid, Spain||Â Sweden||3â€“0||3â€“0|
|5||3 March 2010||Stade de France,Â Saint-Denis, France||Â France||2â€“0||2â€“0||Friendly|
|6||6 September 2011||Las Gaunas,Â LogroÃ±o, Spain||Â Liechtenstein||4â€“0||6â€“0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualification|
|7||16 October 2012||Vicente CalderÃ³n, Madrid, Spain||Â France||1â€“0||1â€“1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8||14 November 2012||Rommel FernÃ¡ndez,Â Panama City, Panama||Â Panama||4â€“0||5â€“1||Friendly|
|9||22 March 2013||El MolinÃ³n,Â GijÃ³n, Spain||Â Finland||1â€“0||1â€“1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10||8 September 2014||Estadi Ciutat de ValÃ¨ncia,Â Valencia, Spain||Â Macedonia||1â€“0||5â€“1||UEFA Euro 2016 qualification|
|11||5 September 2017||Rheinpark Stadion,Â Vaduz, Liechtenstein||Â Liechtenstein||1â€“0||8â€“0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12||14 November 2017||Krestovsky Stadium,Â Saint Petersburg, Russia||Â Russia||2â€“0||3â€“3||Friendly|
|14||11 September 2018||Estadio Manuel MartÃnez Valero,Â Elche, Spain||Â Croatia||5â€“0||6â€“0||2018â€“19 UEFA Nations League A|
|15||11 October 2018||Millennium Stadium,Â Cardiff, Wales||Â Wales||2â€“0||4â€“1||Friendly|
|16||15 October 2018||Estadio Benito VillamarÃn,Â Seville, Spain||Â England||2â€“3||2â€“3||2018â€“19 UEFA Nations League A|
|17||15 November 2018||Stadion Maksimir,Â Zagreb, Croatia||Â Croatia||2â€“2||2â€“3|
|18||23 March 2019||Mestalla Stadium, Valencia, Spain||Â Norway||2â€“1||2â€“1||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|
|19||7 June 2019||TÃ³rsvÃ¸llur,Â TÃ³rshavn, Faroe Islands||Â Faroe Islands||1â€“0||4â€“1|
|20||10 June 2019||Santiago BernabÃ©u,Â Madrid, Spain||Â Sweden||1â€“0||3â€“0|
|21||5 September 2019||Arena NaÈ›ionalÄƒ,Â Bucharest, Romania||Â Romania||1â€“0||2â€“1|
- La Liga:Â 2006â€“07,Â 2007â€“08,Â 2011â€“12,Â 2016â€“17
- Copa del Rey:Â 2010â€“11,Â 2013â€“14
- Supercopa de EspaÃ±a:Â 2008,Â 2012,Â 2017,Â 2019â€“20
- UEFA Champions League:Â 2013â€“14,Â 2015â€“16,Â 2016â€“17,Â 2017â€“18
- UEFA Super Cup:Â 2014,Â 2016,Â 2017
- FIFA Club World Cup:Â 2014,Â 2016,Â 2017,Â 2018
- FIFA World Cup:Â 2010
- UEFA European Championship:Â 2008,Â 2012
- FIFA Confederations Cup: Runner-upÂ 2013; Third placeÂ 2009
- La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2005
- FIFA FIFPro World11:Â 2008,Â 2011,Â 2012,Â 2013,Â 2014,Â 2015,Â 2016,Â 2017,Â 2018,Â 2019
- UEFA Team of the Year:Â 2008,Â 2012,Â 2013,Â 2014,Â 2015,Â 2016,Â 2017,Â 2018
- FIFA World Cup Dream Team:Â 2010
- La Liga Best Defender:Â 2011â€“12,Â 2012â€“13,Â 2013â€“14,Â 2014â€“15,Â 2016â€“17
- UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament:Â 2012
- FIFA Confederations CupÂ Dream Team:Â 2013
- UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season:Â 2013â€“14,Â 2015â€“16,Â 2016â€“17,Â 2017â€“18
- FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball:Â 2014
- FIFA Club World CupÂ top scorer:Â 2014
- UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year: 2015
- La Liga Team of the Season:Â 2015â€“16
- UEFAÂ La Liga Team of the Season: 2016â€“17
- ESM Team of the Year:Â 2007â€“08,Â 2011â€“12,Â 2014â€“15,Â 2016â€“17
- UEFA Defender of the Season:Â 2017,Â 2018
- IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2017,Â 2018,Â 2019
- Castrol Performance Index: 2010 FIFA World Cup Castrol Index Winner
- Castrol Performance Index: UEFA Euro 2012 Castrol EDGE Index Winner
- EA SportsÂ FIFAÂ Team of the Year: 2016,Â 2017,Â 2018
- Luis AragonesÂ Award: 2016
- In isolation,Â RamosÂ andÂ GarcÃaÂ are pronouncedÂ [Ëˆramos]Â andÂ [É¡aÉ¾ËˆÎ¸i.a]Â respectively. Â
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