Sergio Ramos is a legend. The Spain defender has won every trophy there is to win for a player – except for the Confederations Cup – and will go down as one of the best defenders of his era.
To outsiders, there is almost nothing that he can’t do. He has the looks, the charisma, a strong personality and a knack of scoring crucial goals for his side.
And yet, there is something about him that most don’t see – or want to see: the Spain defender is not as good as he is made out to be.
On Sunday, Real Madrid hosted Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu. This was going to be an easy match for the Galacticos as the visitors were in the relegation zone while the Blancos are at the top of the league.
However, Celta not only managed to score first but were also able to equalise when they had to and finished the game 2-2, taking away a point in the process.
For both the goals, Ramos was way out of his line. The Spain defender rushed out forward on both occasions to create a gap in the defence, which allowed Iago Aspas and then Denis Suarez to play the through pass that led to the goals.
Ramos - a CENTRE-BACK - when his team has to defend a 2-1 lead with 5 minutes to go is the second-highest player on the pitch. What a man. https://t.co/RkiKUINcSE— Umid Kumar Dey (@TehSeriousJoker) February 17, 2020
And this is something very common with Ramos. The former Sevilla defender is guilty of leaving his partner vulnerable with pointless forward surges when the opposition has the possession at least once in every match.
Not much needs to be done to prove this. Indeed, if one looks at the highlights of Madrid's 4-3 loss to Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey, they will know that Ramos was at fault for the second and third goals that Madrid conceded.
The Madrid captain failed to mark Alexander Isak for the second goal and then was caught way out of position in an attempt to dispossess Mikel Oyarzabal (even though Toni Kroos was marking the talented midfielder and Ramos really had no reason to rush out of his position), which ultimately led to the third goal.
Prior to that, in the Spanish Super Cup match against Valencia, it was Ramos who conceded the penalty that led to Valencia scoring the consolation goal in a 3-1 loss.
He might score a lot of important goals but they are not nearly enough to cover up the goals that he concedes with his defensive mistakes.
Ramos' tendency to rush out of his line has cost Madrid plenty of times and the worst part about it is that it makes the covering defender look like the main culprit when it is actually the Madrid number four whose rash and impulsive move is what opens up space in the first place.
In conclusion, Ramos is one of the best and most decorated players in the world of football but he is simply too error-prone to be regarded in the top-most bracket in the all-time list.