Record Breaker Ramos Continues To Defy The Critics – Forbes

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Record Breaker Ramos Continues To Defy The Critics – Forbes

Spain’s Sergio Ramos will equal Iker Casillas’ appearance record for his country against the Faroe Islands, and wants to score the most goals by a defender too. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

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Say what you like about Sergio Ramos but he is still leading by example.

For club and country, the centre-back will be the first name on the team sheet, and with good reason.

Like him or loathe him, you know exactly what you’re getting with the Camas-born player.

On Sunday, September 8, 2017, he will equal the all-time appearance record for Spain against the Faroe Islands, and that’s some achievement in itself.

Iker Casillas’ mark was expected to stand for some time, and in general terms, his 167 should only be achievable by other custodians rather than outfield players.

Ramos has also participated in the more wins for his country than any other player in their history.

Not bad when you consider that some of the greats of the world game have suited up for Spain over the years.

And there’s more.

You may or may not have noticed that Ramos loves a goal, and he’s scored some mightily important ones in the past.

For Spain, he already has 21 goals, after netting last time out against Romania.

If he were to bag another against the Faroe Islands, and that’s not beyond the realms of possibility, he would equal Daniel Passarella as the defender with the most goals in history.

The Argentinian was prolific, given that his 22 came, incredibly, in just 70 international games for La Albiceleste.

That shouldn’t detract from Ramos’ expected equalling of the mark however, given that it will have come in a much more professional era, where it’s a lot more difficult for a defender to become a force as a supplementary attacker.

There’ll always be those who’ll point to his record amount of career red cards as a reason not to acknowledge the flip side, of course.

But isn’t a centre-back meant to be physical and aggressive? Is that not in the job description?

Defending is as much of an art as sticking the ball in the back of the net, and Ramos just happens to be able to do both. Very well as it happens.

Let’s not forget either that football is a man’s game.

The authorities are often criticised for sanitising things to such an extent that even a ‘shoulder to shoulder’ is sometimes penalised now, so what exactly is it that supporters/clubs/authorities want to see from professional players?

Looking back over the years, ball-playing centre-backs have been lauded, but so have those who are a little more aggressive in nature.

Ramos has been so successful because he’s been very good at maximising the talent he does have, and his longevity has kept him at the very top of the game.

It’s difficult to judge what he’d be worth in today’s market too. He is a supreme leader of men on top of all of his other attributes, and there aren’t too many of those left.

Yes, Old Father Time is catching up with him, but at 33 years of age, there’s every reason to think that if he looks after himself well enough, he’s got at least another two years left at the top.

That’ll pass by in the blink of an eye so perhaps now is as good a time as any to reflect on just what a fabulous servant he’s been for Spain.

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Spain’s Sergio Ramos will equal Iker Casillas’ appearance record for his country against the Faroe Islands, and wants to score the most goals by a defender too. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Say what you like about Sergio Ramos but he is still leading by example.

For club and country, the centre-back will be the first name on the team sheet, and with good reason.

Like him or loathe him, you know exactly what you’re getting with the Camas-born player.

On Sunday, September 8, 2017, he will equal the all-time appearance record for Spain against the Faroe Islands, and that’s some achievement in itself.

Iker Casillas’ mark was expected to stand for some time, and in general terms, his 167 should only be achievable by other custodians rather than outfield players.

Ramos has also participated in the more wins for his country than any other player in their history.

Not bad when you consider that some of the greats of the world game have suited up for Spain over the years.

And there’s more.

You may or may not have noticed that Ramos loves a goal, and he’s scored some mightily important ones in the past.

For Spain, he already has 21 goals, after netting last time out against Romania.

If he were to bag another against the Faroe Islands, and that’s not beyond the realms of possibility, he would equal Daniel Passarella as the defender with the most goals in history.

The Argentinian was prolific, given that his 22 came, incredibly, in just 70 international games for La Albiceleste.

That shouldn’t detract from Ramos’ expected equalling of the mark however, given that it will have come in a much more professional era, where it’s a lot more difficult for a defender to become a force as a supplementary attacker.

There’ll always be those who’ll point to his record amount of career red cards as a reason not to acknowledge the flip side, of course.

But isn’t a centre-back meant to be physical and aggressive? Is that not in the job description?

Defending is as much of an art as sticking the ball in the back of the net, and Ramos just happens to be able to do both. Very well as it happens.

Let’s not forget either that football is a man’s game.

The authorities are often criticised for sanitising things to such an extent that even a ‘shoulder to shoulder’ is sometimes penalised now, so what exactly is it that supporters/clubs/authorities want to see from professional players?

Looking back over the years, ball-playing centre-backs have been lauded, but so have those who are a little more aggressive in nature.

Ramos has been so successful because he’s been very good at maximising the talent he does have, and his longevity has kept him at the very top of the game.

It’s difficult to judge what he’d be worth in today’s market too. He is a supreme leader of men on top of all of his other attributes, and there aren’t too many of those left.

Yes, Old Father Time is catching up with him, but at 33 years of age, there’s every reason to think that if he looks after himself well enough, he’s got at least another two years left at the top.

That’ll pass by in the blink of an eye so perhaps now is as good a time as any to reflect on just what a fabulous servant he’s been for Spain.

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