Sergio Ramos (34) is now the highest scoring defender of all time on a national football team.
The Real Madrid midfielder scored two goals in Sunday’s Nations League clash against Ukraine and is thus up to 23 national team goals in 171 matches.
Thus, he passes the Argentine world champion Daniel Passarella, who scored 22 national team goals in the 1970s and 80s.
– Personally, it is a record I had in mind, to pass Passarella, so I am very happy and satisfied, Ramos says according to
It is not just on the national team that Ramos buckets goals. They also run into the club team: 100 goals in 695 games, three of them for Sevilla, the rest for Real Madrid.
Last season, only star striker Karim Benzema (26 goals) scored more for the Spanish big club than Ramos (13).
And if anyone should think that only a penalty kick has provided Ramos’ staggering scoring figures, then think again: 27 of the total of 123 goals have come from eleven meters.
– He’s a winner. And winners are happy when they win. His numbers are out of reach for all other players. What he contributes to this team, that enthusiasm… That is why he is one of the world’s best players in his position, says Spain’s national team manager Luis Enrique to TVE.
Former Real Madrid captain Fernando Hierro, who himself was known as a dangerous midfielder, has previously stated that he thinks the Ramos numbers are extra special when you consider the time we live in.
– Ramos is really remarkable. Many years ago, we gave defenders more chances to score, we could often play in midfield. But in this age, in the 21st century, Ramos is extraordinary. He’s really abnormal. His scoring figures for Real Madrid and for the national team are incredible, says Hierro according to.
It is not just in front of goal that Ramos excels. He has been sent off 26 times in his career, most recently against Manchester City in the Champions League, and is the player who has been awarded the most cards in the history of La Liga, the Champions League, Real Madrid, the Spanish national team and in the El Clásico settlements.