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Ramos is starting from zero now


Sergio Ramos turns 30 on at the end of March. He is already a father of two (Sergio and Marco), is on his way to making his 500th competitive appearance in the Real Madrid shirt and doesn’t have far to go before becoming Spain’s most capped outfielder of all time, ahead of Xavi Hernández (133). In the church of Real Madrid he will always be remembered as the ‘Hero of la Décima’ and no one can argue he isn’t the right man to captain the team. But all that aside, Ramos knows that extending his contract with the club until 2020 following a drawn-out and highly-published negotiation process means he is not immune to criticism. The fans want more and demand the best from the top players. And the big man at the back is certainly a top player.

This season injuries have deprived us of one of the linchpins of the side. His performances have dipped whenever he’s had to play with after receiving a pain-killing injection (as was the case against Barcelona) and he has suffered to most damage as a result. With that in mind he opted to sit out of the away trip to the Benito Villamarín. We want Ramos up for it, at his best and leading the team (on and off the pitch). Sergio has four months to rectify what has been a disappointing season up until now. And if he were to get the winner in la Undécima that would be the icing on the cake.