At the age of 29, Sergio Ramos has done it all, picking up an impressive collection of winners’ medals along the way.
On the international stage, Ramos has won the World Cup once and the European Championship twice with a phenomenal Spanish side that will undoubtedly go down in history. His trophy haul is just as impressive with Real Madrid, having won a raft of trophies, including the coveted Champions League and the subsequent Club World Cup. It is therefore unsurprising that he is being linked with a club of Manchester United’s calibre.
However, as the transfer rumours continues to swirl, one of the biggest talking points is whether the centre-back is worth the heavy price tag that Real Madrid have slapped on his head.
Ramos has been the engine at the core of Madrid’s defensive area for years, and he has consistently shown his mental strength at both ends of the pitch. His leadership abilities, who he has developed as Madrid’s vice-captain, will also serve United well. Louis van Gaal’s side often looked unorganised at the back last season, and Ramos could be just the man to get the back four working as a unit.
However, it isn’t just at the back where he is capable of hurting the opposition. His distribution of the ball is top drawer, which is why he remains a constant threat to opposition defences. Ramos is also a consistent goalscorer, and has featured prominently in the scoring charts for defensive players in La Liga for several seasons.
The only issue is the fact that the Spanish international is the most red-carded player to have ever graced the turf at the Bernabeu, having been dismissed a record 19 times, and a similar disciplinary record at Old Trafford could see the club lose potentially title-deciding points.
At the moment, Manchester United need the versatility Ramos offers; he can play both as a center-back and as a right-back and is certain to do the job that is asked of him. However, the £35 million price-tag is a little excessive, given that United will also have to pay him a sky-high 260,000-a-week in wages, regardless of pedigree.
Aged 29, Ramos is now entering the final stage of his career. Given the differences betwenn the Spanish La Liga and English Premier League, Ramos will almost certainly need a season to settle in. United will know that full well, given Angel Di Maria’s inability to prove his £60 million price tag last season, but unlike Di Maria, Ramos doesn’t have much time left, and by the time he starts paying off some of the fee, he could very well be past it.
Ramos is undoubtedly a top talent, but perhaps United would be better off investing elsewhere.