Sergio Ramos: "Putting past successes behind you is the key to keep winning"
The Real Madrid captain spoke to Italian magazine 'Undici' about the team's recent successes, the future and his own goal scoring ability.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos spoke to Italian magazine Undici about how the team has managed to prolong their successes as well as his plan to savour everything he has achieved in the game at a point in the future. The 31-year-old also says he doesn't completely rule himself out from winning the Ballon d'Or one day.
Real Madrid setting new records in Spain and Europe
Zidane: "The boss is breaking the records set by other coaches who were at our club, and being able to show the talent he had when he was a player himself has been a big part of it. With hard work and humility he won over the dressing room. We feel very close to him".
Ballon d'Or: "In recent years it's been a personal matter between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but look at [Fabio] Cannavaro for example - he won it so it's not something I take lightly. If I did end up winning it, it would be an historic moment".
Ramos explains how to remain at the top
The key to keep winning: "We have to forget about the victories we have gained in the past, I think that's the key to success. For good or for bad, football never gives you the time to enjoy everything. Winning three Champions Leagues in four years is incredible but now is the time when we have to put those triumphs to one side. One day, when my playing days are over, I'll have all the time I need to look back and think about those victories".
Ramos goals in each of the last 12 seasons
Goal scoring skills: "In the square where we used to play in my home town, I would always play as a striker and I scored loads of goals. I'd go crazy celebrating whenever I scored, just like Cristiano does".
Role in Madrid's attack: "Now, when I join the attack, I feel at home because of all of the experience I've accumulated since I was a kid. In spite of the fact that things are infinitely more difficult now, my previous experience allows me to behave differently to other defenders going forward".
Best season: "I've just had one of the best seasons of my career, if not the best; and possibly the most consistent one in terms of performance levels. Experience gives you something which you don't have when you are younger but the hunger I have to win is the same as I've had since I started playing and that's key to making sure you remain at the peak of your game. Since we won La Décima, I have been saying: "This was my best year", only for the next season to be even better so I have had to surpass myself. The most important thing is remembering that anything is possible and to approach each new season with a new canvas".
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