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Three subtle seconds that prove Sergio Ramos is an elite defender

Real Madrid's captain had a great game against PSG in midweek and one short passage of play was particularly notable upon further inspection

Football won’t be the same the day Sergio Ramos hangs up his boots.

He has his fair share of critics.

There’s plenty of theatrics, a smattering of diving, a truck-load of yellow cards, a record number of reds, and few spicy comments.

He is partial to an early bath

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He is partial to an early bath

But there’s also his leadership, an elite mentality, supreme aerial ability, superb mechanics, and more career goals than Danny Welbeck.

Ramos is one of world football’s most recognisable figures and divisive characters and his actual qualities as a defender are often overlooked.

This brings us neatly on to this brilliant spot from the follow-worthy @finalthird Twitter account.

The account provides interesting tactical observations on a regular basis and this short clip of Ramos doing three things at once against PSG on Tuesday night has deservedly gone semi-viral.

Ramos gets in Kylian Mbappe’s face, forcing the play wide, after the Frenchman had put Casemiro on the deck.

Ramos then cuts off a square pass to Edinson Cavani before making a great block.

There’s nothing breathtaking about the passage, it’s just great repeatable defending.

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Real Madrid’s back four expertly resisted PSG for the most part in the Champions League round of 16 second leg.

The above example is just one of a dozen blocked crosses with Dani Carvajal and Marcelo excelling in the full-back positions.

Los Blancos may not be at their best this season but they have long saved their best form for the European stage.

Will Ramos be lifting his third Champions League trophy is as many years come May? You wouldn’t rule it out…


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