Norway forward Josh King has labelled Spain captain Sergio Ramos as the ‘nicest’ defender in football after facing the defender in a Euro 2020 qualifying match.
La Furia Roja prevailed 2-1 at the Mestalla Stadium on Saturday night courtesy of goals from Rodrigo and a winning penalty from Ramos himself.
King managed to get his name on the scoresheet but it wasn’t enough to secure three points for the Scandinavian nation.
However, despite a disappointing result on the east coast of Spain, the Bournemouth marksman was quick to praise the sportsmanship of Ramos that night, insisting the defender was a delight to be around.
The veteran centre-back has often carried a reputation across his career for having an unsporting nature, but King has since played down what he believes is an unjust perception of the Real Madrid star.
“Ramos has a reputation of being dirty and rough, but I do not remember going up against a centre-back as nice as him.
“I have not seen all of his matches but I think that all of his challenges were clean and he seemed to me a very good sportsman.
“He won some duels and I won others, I think it was a good game.”
– Josh King stated in an interview with Nettavisen.
Ramos is widely regarded as one of the finest centre-backs of his generation but he has garnered a reputation for being a somewhat dirty defender.
His unsporting behaviour rose to significant prominence during the Champions League final last season after his challenge on Mohamed Salah forced the Liverpool ace off through injury.
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The Egyptian winger injured his shoulder after Ramos dragged him to the ground and the Real skipper received a widespread backlash following the incident.
More recently, Ramos was caught in the midst of a storm following his admission that he performed a premeditated foul on an Ajax player in the Champions League last 6, with his intention that a booking would wipe his card slate clean for the latter stages of the competition.
His honest admission was again met with an extensive criticism from the footballing community and ultimately backfired as Real were humiliated 4-1 by the Dutch club in the second leg and subsequently eliminated from the competition.