Moha Ramos has experienced the highs and lows of football in the past month, during which time the previously unknown keeper was left out of Spain’s squad for the under-17 World Cup in India but has risen from the cantera at Real Madrid to occupy the first-team bench under Zinedine Zidane.
The 17-year-old keeper from the Canary Islands was included in Spain’s junior squad in May for the European Championship triumph but reportedly Rojita boss Santi Denia decided to discard Ramos due to some disciplinary issues at that tournament. Although that will have been a blow to the teenager, destiny smiled on him when both Keylor Navas and Luca Zidane were ruled out against Getafe. Instead of dipping into the Castilla stock, the Real Madrid boss called up Ramos instead to deputise for Kiko Casilla and he will be on the bench again on Sunday when Eibar visit the Bernabéu.
Ramos being fast-tracked by Zidane
Ramos currently plays for Guti’s under-19s and has yet to make an appearance for Castilla but has been elevated to the first team by Zidane, who has placed his faith in the teenaged stopper. Ramos joined Real’s academy from Tenerife in 2014-15 and immediately caught the eye not only because of his imposing height (6’ 2”) but also for his agility, assuredness under high balls and his ability to play with the ball at his feet.
The keeper is currently residing at the club’s Valdebebas training complex but his father, who lives in Tenerife, is planning to move to Madrid in the near future now that his son’s career at Real had taken a huge upturn.