Sergio Ramos Profile
|Born||Mar 30, 1986|
Sergio Ramos is a centre-back who plays for Real Madrid and is captain of the Spain national side, he is renowned as one of the best defenders of his generation.
Ramos initially came through Sevilla's youth system before his move in the summer of 2005 to Real Madrid. While predominantly a centre-back, the Spaniard can also play at right-back and as a defensive midfielder.
A decade and a half after his initial move to the Bernabeu, Ramos is now captain of both Los Blancos and the Spanish national team, leading both sides to winning nearly every trophy in soccer.
The centre-back has won the La Liga, UEFA Champions League, the EUROs, the World Cup and many other trophies.
The Camas-born defender is also acclaimed at the other end of the pitch, known for his passing, penalty taking and goal scoring abilities, which has led him to break numerous scoring records for both club and country.
Career at Real Madrid
Just 39 La Liga appearances were enough to convince Real's president, Florentino Perez, to buy the Sevilla youngster after his breakthrough season.
At â‚¬27million, Ramos' move in 2005 was a record fee for a Spanish defender at the time, and the president Perez's sole Spanish signing (during his entire first stint in charge).
Ramos has won 22 major honours - including four UEFA Champions League medals and five La Liga titles. He also has the ability to deliver match winning performances in the most crucial of moments.
In 2014, he scored twice in the space of four minutes at the Allianz Arena to virtually secure Real's qualification to the Champions League final.
At the time, it was the fastest brace to ever be scored in European semi-final history. At the 2016 Super Cup, Ramos scored a 93rd minute equaliser against Sevilla.
Real went on to claim the trophy in 3-2 in extra time. Ramos has scored numerous El Clasico goals to thwart Barcelona and add to his tally of 72 goals in 472 appearances.
The most important intervention came in the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, where Ramos headed home a stoppage-time equaliser - a goal that triggered Diego Simeone's side's extra-time defeat and helped secure Real's La Decima.
However, there have been many complaints about Ramos' disciplinary record. He is La Liga's most carded player (191), while his 20 red cards also make him the most sent-off player in the competition.
In the Champions League, his 40 yellow cards and four reds make him both the most-carded player and joint-most red-carded player in the history of the competition.
Fernando Hierro had previously held Real's dismissal record (10), until Ramos was sent off in 2010's El Clasico, where he overtook Hierro's disciplinary record, despite playing 264 fewer games.
International career with Spain
Making his first international appearance at 18, Ramos became Spain's youngest ever player to reach 100 caps, just nine years after his debut.
He is Spain's most capped player in history (176), eighth-highest all-time goalscorer and the player with the most international victories for Spain.
Having represented Spain at seven major tournaments (four World Cups and three European Championships), he has collected international silverware three times at EURO 2008, 2012 and the 2010 World Cup.
Spain finished top of their Euro 2008 qualifying group, with Ramos making 11 appearances and scoring two goals.
In the latter stages of the tournament, barring being rested against Greece, the Spaniard played every game and every minute as his side proceeded to the final.
Spain went on to beat Germany 1-0 - Ramos' first international success.
Two years later, after captaining his country for the first time against South Korea, Ramos played every minute of the 2010 World Cup at right-back as his team kept five clean sheets.
Spain reached the final where they defeated Holland 1-0, courtesy of Andres Iniesta's late goal.
Ramos was ever-present throughout the Euro 2012 tournament, even scoring a Panenka-style penalty to knock out Portugal in the semis.
A third consecutive international trophy then came as Spain humiliated Italy 4-0 in the final. Ramos was named in the Team of the Tournament.
Ramos has been named La Liga's best defender the most times (5), the most-selected defender of FIFPro's World 11 (10) and the most-included defender in the UEFA Team of the Year (8).
In consecutive years (2017-18), he was also named as the UEFA Defender of the Season as he continued to command Los Blanco's defensive line.
Aside from football, Ramos is married to presenter/journalist Pilar Rubio. They have four children - Sergio Jr, Marco, Alejandro and Maximo Adriano.
Ramos' brother, Rene, is his football agent. Ramos also regularly pays tribute to close friend and former Sevilla player, Antonio Puerta, who died in 2007.
The tributes include wearing number 15 for his country, despite being Madrid's number four, in honour of Puerta who debuted in the number 15 shirt.
Forbes ranks Ramos as 100th on their 'The World's Highest Paid Athletes 2020' list and he is estimated to earn a salary of $18.8 million.
As a brand ambassador for varying global brands including Nike, Hugo Boss, Pepsi and Gatorade, he collects another $3 million. His net worth is $21.8million (according to Forbes).
In 2019, in a partnership with Amazon Prime, an eight-part 'The Heart of Sergio Ramos' documentary was released.