Sergio Ramos is box office.
Red cards, last-gasp goals, Champions League heroics… everything he does is worth watching.
In another life, Real Madrid’s skipper would have scored 400 career goals as a centre-forward but as it is, he’s had to settle for 88 goals for club and country so far.
Not bad for a centre-back, eh?
In fact, to illustrate how impressive his tally really is, here’s five legendary midfielders who have been left trailing in Ramos’ wake…
Andres Iniesta – 74 goals
Watching Barcelona’s No8 glide across the pitch, stroking passes here and there, is one of football’s great pleasures.
While usually a selfless creator, he’s scored some important goals in his time — 2010 World Cup final ring a bell?
But he’s still 14 goals shy of compatriot Ramos…
Patrick Vieira – 64 goals
Big Paddy surging through midfield, shrugging off puny defenders en route to goal.
We can picture it so clearly, but apparently it didn’t happen as often as we thought.
Andrea Pirlo – 86 goals
Now there’s a surpirse.
In his younger box-to-box days, the wine-loving Italian frequently bombed forward in search of a delicious goal.
As the years rolled by he dropped deeper and struck goalscoring off his list of responsibilities, while remaining partial to a free-kick.
Xabi Alonso – 60 goals
Again, it wasn’t the bearded Spaniard’s job to score the goals.
But that’s the same for Ramos, arguably more so.
We reckon Alonso should be credited with a couple more goals as strikes from your own half should count for double.
Luka Modric – 86 goals
Well, well, well… not even Ramos’ team-mates are safe.
Pretty much every single one of Modric’s goals are certified golazos and so they remain clear in the memory.
However, the stats don’t lie, Ramos has the bragging rights over his mate for now.
In fact, Ramos has scored more career goals than Modric’s partner Toni Kroos as well, although the German is a few years younger in fairness.
BONUS BALL! Danny Welbeck – 76 goals
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