A supremely athletic defender, Ramos has been an integral part of the Real Madrid and Spain sides for the last five years.
Right-back for his country, he returned to his original position of central defender for his club in 2009/10 following an injury to Pepe and the arrival of full-back Alvaro Arbeloa and was back to his best as Real narrowly missed out on the league title.
The only criticism of him is his disciplinary record. His 13 bookings and one sending off in 2009/10 took his tally to 63 yellow cards and nine red in five seasons at the Bernabeu, having joined the club from Sevilla on transfer deadline day in 2005.
In April last year he publicly apologised to Real Madrid’s fans after leaving during a league game against Real Valladolid to watch a bullfight. Ramos, who was suspended for the game, left early to see a matador friend in action.
He has 10 tattoos including the initials of his brother and sister on his left middle finger, alongside his own. His parent’s initials appear on his left arm.
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