Like a bullfighter: The success story of Sergio Ramos
Record man, title collector, attractive figure: Sergio Ramos celebrates his 150th birthday against Germany. international match for Spain.
Sergio Ramos carries the history of his eventful life under his skin. If the extroverted captain of the Spanish national team is particularly moved, he calls his buddy Rodrigo Galvez. And the tattoo needle is humming. The muscular body of the 31-year-old is littered with memories of his homeland Seville and love messages to the family. And he tells of an extraordinary career.
Ramos has a collection of titles that makes even the great Cristiano Ronaldo, his tattooed club mate at Real Madrid, jealous: World Champion, twice European Champion, three times Champions League winner, four times Spanish Champion. And that is far from being the end. In the duel with Germany on Friday (8.45 pm in the LIVETICKER) in Düsseldorf Ramos will run for the 150th time. for Spain. He would love to have the World Cup, which adorns his right calf, stabbed again after another triumph in the summer.
“I was taught early on that you can achieve a lot in life if you fight. I have Andalusian blood,” says the defender about his recipe for success. He grew up in a region where bullfighting is part of the national heritage. His mother preferred to send her son to the football field, where Ramos always stayed a bit of matador: “If I stand on the field and forget everything, then I actually have the feeling that I have the qualities of a matador,” he once said.
The powerful and dangerous defender, who only goalkeeper legend Iker Casillas outdoes with 167 internationals, fights his opponents with all means and always until the last second. And it’s polarizing. Ramos has already flown off the pitch 21 times – setting an inglorious record in Spanish football. Only in the national team, for which he made his debut at the age of 18, does he still have a clean slate. This also applies to duels with Germany at major tournaments. Both in the final of the European Championship 2008 and in the semi-final of the World Cup 2010, his team won 1-0.
Ramos wants to attack again with the “Furia Roja” at the World Cup in Russia. Opponents of the group will be Portugal, Iran and Morocco. And they should be warned. With nine wins and a draw, Spain had secured group victory in qualifying and ultimately sent unqualified Italy into the playoffs: “We’re looking forward to the World Cup and will accept any opponent,” said national coach Julen Lopetegui with great aggression. And relies on the power of his matador.