Nobody is more envious of Sergio Ramos’ success than Dejan Lovren.
Speaking to Copa 90, the Liverpool centre-back recently said: “If you look, Ramos has many more mistakes than me.
“But he’s at Real Madrid. With [Cristiano] Ronaldo, when you make a mistake, you win 5-1, 5-2, nobody sees the mistake.
“I’m quite unlucky, when I make the mistake it’s 1-0.”
Firstly, Liverpool have scored more goals than Real Madrid since the start of last season so Lovren’s assessment that Ramos is bailed out by his free-scoring team-mates is easily debunked.
The Croatian defender went on to assert that Raphael Varane is ‘definitely’ better than Ramos.
Lovren also questioned whether Real Madrid’s captain deserved to be named Champions League Defender of the Season for 2017/18.
The 29-year-old replied to UEFA’s Instagram post with the face palm emoji back in August…
It’s become quite clear that Lovren resents Ramos’ status as one of the world’s best defenders.
A title the Liverpool centre-back famously claimed for himself in the summer.
He clarifed the comment to Copa 90: “I said I’m one of the best, not the best.
“I think I didn’t say anything wrong.”
Lovren’s confidence is to be admired, but his criticism of Ramos is unnecessary.
Spain’s experienced captain would be the first to admit he has made many mistakes during his career; plenty have resulted in him staring up at a red card help aloft by the referee.
But it is no coincidence that Ramos has been a key figure in some of the most successful teams in football history.
He was virtually an ever-present during Spain’s golden patch between 2008 and 2012.
And his form in the Champions League knockout stages in recent times has significantly contributed to Real Madrid’s stranglehold over the Europe’s most prestigious club competition.
He’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s a winner.
In contrast, Lovren is football’s most notable nearly-man of 2018.
He came out second-best in the Champions League final and the World Cup final — the harshest double blow for a player to endure.
It’s not much of a leap to conclude that Lovren is suffering from an inferiority complex, with Ramos the target of his frustration.
Had he triumphed in both finals, it’s unlikely he would have endeavoured to publicly diminish Ramos’ standing in the game, as he has done in the last few months.
Lovren actually comes across very well in Copa 90’s video, affable and fun.
But his vendetta against Ramos is naively transparent and hopefully futile.
Let it go, Dejan.