Your captain is meant to lead by example.
But in Sergio Ramos Real Madrid have a skipper who is far too trigger happy and emotionally driven.
Ramos wears his heart on his sleeve and his well documented disciplinary record underlines that.
But during Real’s latest humiliating defeat in La Liga, Ramos let his side down tactically as well.
With the game locked at 0-0 and reaching a frantic conclusion in injury time, Ramos took the goalscoring matters into his own hands.
Now I get that the centre-back – who had found the net in two of his last three games – more than has an eye for goal.
There’s even a stat doing the rounds about him outscoring Danny Welbeck over their careers.
But Ramos’ decision to go up front, seeking a late winner, ultimately cost his side not just two but all three points.
With the Real captain caught out of position, Gerard Moreno capitalised to smash home the winner for Espanyol deep into injury time.
Now I’m not denying Ramos is Real through and through.
But the 31-year-old is guilty too often of letting his side down, either tactically or behaviourally, when he should be the man barking instructions.
His ridiculous goalscoring record masks his rash defensive tendencies, so while he’s certainly bailed Real out of many games, he’s cost them just as many too.
A glorified Martin Skrtel? Don’t @ me.
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