Real Madrid 5- 2 Levante
First of all, lets congratulate Levante for turning up despite not being paid for the past two seasons, which is obviously an unbelievable thing. Anyway, despite 7 goals in this game, the match never really took off, no excitement, no nothing. Real Madrid players were playing like they’re having a training session or something, no drive, no class although plenty of entertainment so to say, as Real Madrid kept on pouring forward.
At one point it looked as if Sergio Ramos would get a hat trick, he got two goals eventually but still they are plenty if you’r a defender. Ramos is arguably the best young and I am not going to hesitate in saying that probably best defender in the world right now not just young but also experienced, definitely the captain after Raul departs from Real Madrid.
Talking about Sergio Ramos, in him you have the hard tackling defender, fast paced wing back, wonderful in the air, can score goals from long range and headers and the biggest quality I see in him is his ability to play at full potential under pressure, when the rest of the team is feeling down, he is the one who puts the foot on the accelerator from the right wing and brings everyone to life.
He is a Champions League player, meaning he can perform in big matches, I cannot forget his fantastic goal(which was disallowed for a hand ball, although it was the wrong call by the referee), but what a strike it was, Real Madrid trailing by a goal, needing to draw the game in order to go to the quarter finals and all was not going in Real Madrid’s favour after conceding a goal early in the game, in fact in the 10nth second of the game, quickest goal conceded in Champions League history.
The team was down and out, suddenly Ramos came in with a powerful run through the middle, got hold of a loose ball and just wacked it past the keeper, the ball teared through Bayern Munich’s defense and beat the goal keeper, for a moment I thought it was Van Nistelrooy shooting, as it was such a clean strike and not just a foot to the ball, it was a proper strike, Sergio Ramos’s balance was magnificent on that occasion.
He has so much poise, so much finesse about his game. Name me a defender who does 360’s on opponent players, yeah I know, you cant, noone can. Sergio Ramos is the next generation defender, beats people with skills like C.Ronaldo and probably in way better than C.Ronaldo, as he just doesn’t do skills just for the sake of it but Ramos does it to beat people, now that does not mean that he is better than C.Ronaldo at dribbling but Sergio Ramos is definitely the Cristiano or Messi of defenders.
Sergio Ramos touch is not of a defender
One thing that most people tend to forget is his age, at 21, Sergio Ramos has been a regular for Real Madrid for over two seasons, now that is some achievement considering the Galacticos Real Madrid are so famous for signing Superstar players. Histacklingis as clean as it can get, usually a defender gets these kind of tackles when in his 26 or 28s or even later, Sergio makes defending look cool in contrast to what people in general think, defending for dogs.
No wonder why in Spain, people call him THE WOLF, because of his stamina, his power, his speed, his hunger to make a difference. These are the qualities that takes a player towards great achievements and I am sure, in the coming Euro’s he is going to make a lot of difference in this Spanish team.
If you look at all the defenders around the world who are considered as “Bests”. They may include Ferdinand, Terry, Carvalho, Puyol, Thuram, Zambrotta, Abidal, Gallas, Carragher, Nesta, these guys came to prominence in their late 20s, now all are above 30’s, look at Cannavaro, 5 years back, no body even knew that a name such as Cannavaro exists in football, forget about a football player and Cannavaro went on to win the FIFA World Player Of The Year award, first time in history, has a defender won the best player award, although his performances significantly declined after that.
My picks for the upcoming good defenders would be Kompany, Clichy, may be Evra but he is not young by any means, he is at his peak now and for all the Manchester United Fans, for goodness sake do not say Vidic is a world class player because he is not. Just remember the humiliation he suffered at the hands of Kaka last season in the Champions League Semi Finals, he has got no pace, has got good tackle but not great.Onlythinggood