Sergio Ramos: If I wanted individual recognition I would have played tennis

Sergio Ramos has been one of the leading defenders in the world for years and the Spanish centre-back has been ever so present in this year’s La Liga campaign. Since the return of Spanish football after the coronavirus lockdown, Ramos has been in superb form for Real Madrid, scoring a stunning five goals.

Ramos says he is focused on ensuring he and his teammates will keep on winning towards the end of the season. “All I think about is the three points,” he said. “But those moments of doubt [when taking penalties], that’s when I feel most comfortable. I just wanted to take that responsibility. What matters most is the overall result. The only thing that matters is that it helps the team win.”

Asked if he loves the personal exploit, Ramos said: “The individual recognition is second for me. What matters is that the team get the objectives we want and manage to get the three points in every game we play. Luckily, for the moment, we are getting those results. I would have probably played tennis if I were more interested in individual recognition. This is a very beautiful sport, a team sport, and it’s very nice to win as a team.”