Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was unlucky to be slammed by Marca as having a night to forget against Mallorca, as the Iberostar Stadium natives recorded a shock win over Los Blancos on Saturday.
Marca ripped into Ramos for his efforts over the weekend in their player ratings, where they described the Galacticos captain as being brought back down to reality after breaking records with the Spain national side.
Ramos became Spain’s most-capped player of all time during the October international break (BBC), when he earned his 168th appearance in a 1-1 draw in Norway to surpass Iker Casillas’ haul of 167 outings and pull further clear of former FC Barcelona men Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
Los Blancos supporters have seemingly agreed with Marca’s claim that Ramos was one of the worst-performing players against Mallorca, too, with fans voting the centre-half as their side’s ninth-best performer.
However, Ramos fared no worse than the alleged third-best man Eder Militao, and in some aspects performed relatively stronger than the Brazilian making his first start for Madrid away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
As AS Diario noted, Ramos had little to do with Mallorca coming out on top, with the £22.5m-rated defender (per TransferMarkt) instead unfortunate not to decide the encounter in his side’s favour when he came close to getting on the end of several set-pieces.
Defensively, Ramos matched Militao for tackles won, as well, with both attempting and winning three each, which only Casemiro could lay claim to more of on both accounts, per WhoScored data.
Ramos also registered more clearances than his central-defensive partner with two, as well as one interception, two successful aerial duels, and penned a 95% pass success rate.
No player for either side played more passes than Ramos, either, with the veteran centre-half attempting to find a teammate 78 times as Madrid were beaten for the first time in La Liga this season.
Had it not been for Lago Junior scoring in the seventh minute, or had Ramos connected with one of the several set-pieces he came close to netting from, fans – and Marca – could easily have been praising the defender for his performance rather than slamming the Sevilla-born centre-half.
Madrid fans, where did the Saturday night encounter with Mallorca go wrong for Ramos to warrant Marca’s damning assessment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
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