Sergio Ramos has now scored 100 goals for Real Madrid.
No, that’s not a typo. The centre-back really has scored 100 goals for Los Blancos. That’s more than Zinedine Zidane, more than Guti, more than Ivan Zamorano! Hell, Ramos is level with Fernando Morientes and only four behind the great Ronaldo.
The Madrid captain has become such an iconic figure in the Spanish capital that he is genuinely the club’s brightest attacking threat from set-pieces and no one questions when he steps up to take penalties.
- Age: 34
- League stats since Zinedine Zidane’s return
- Tackles: 58 (fourth at club)
- Interceptions: 62 (second)
- Clearances: 120 (second)
- Goals: 13 (second)
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Ramos’ demeanour is that of a cutthroat striker, always hungry to score more goals. You’ll often find him as one of the furthest bodies forward when Real Madrid are running free on the counter-attack. At times he seems more interested in scoring than defending.
And who could blame him? The Spaniard has a collection of iconic goals that would shame most forwards. Iconic headers in Champions League semi-finals and finals (yes, he’s scored in two!), more than one goal in a Clásico and all those Panenka penalties!
Ramos is a bold and vocal leader as well as a brutal defender whose approach consists of blatant physical intimidation. The amount of times he has run through an attacker and then looked at them disdainfully, beckoning them to get up with his now famous gesture. Ramos takes no prisoners and leaves his opponents covered in bruises.
Yet the Spaniard is a wonderfully technical player. A gloriously skilled footballer who can carry the ball up the field as well as anyone. One of the reasons Ramos has been able to score so many goals is because he has a magnificent shooting technique. When he has the opportunity to finish chances, you almost back him more than anyone else in the Madrid team.
Ramos has scored 27 goals since the start of 2018/19. And given how sharply he has started this season (three goals in nine games) would you really bet against him adding to his tally and surpassing the great Ronaldo before this campaign is over? Gareth Bale is on 105, so he’ll get overtaken as well.
The mark needed to become one of the top 10 goalscorers in Real Madrid’s history is quite fittingly Fernando Hierro’s 124 goals. Ramos won’t reach that total this season, but given the rate at which he is scoring, would you doubt that he will get there before he retires? One more season ought to do it, and then the Madrid captain will have yet another absurd accolade to confirm that he will surely go down as one of the greatest defenders to ever play the game, despite being just slightly above average at actually defending.
Sergio Ramos is a player of immense contradiction, a multifaceted master who dominates games through sheer force of will and sublime technical skill. A titan, a warrior, a goalscoring centurion.