13 fun facts about Sergio Ramos

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Everything you need to know about the Spanish superstar!

Sergio Ramos was born on March 30, 1986, in Camas, Seville, Spain. He began his football career playing for the youth team of his local club, FC Camas, before joining the Sevilla FC academy at the age of 14.

He made his professional debut for Sevilla in February 2004 and quickly established himself as one of Spain's most promising young defenders. In August 2005, he was signed by Real Madrid for a then-record fee.

Ramos is known for his aggressive and physical style of play and his ability to score goals from set pieces. He has scored over 100 goals in his career, making him one of the highest-scoring defenders in the history of the sport.

In addition to his success with Real Madrid, Ramos has had a highly successful international career with the Spanish national team. He won the FIFA World Cup and two UEFA European Championships and is the most-capped player in the history of Spanish football. In 2023, the veteran defender announced his retirement from international football.

Ramos has also been involved in several philanthropic efforts throughout his career. He has worked with various charitable organizations, including UNICEF, and has donated money to help fund medical research and provide assistance to those in need.

But what are the 13 things you absolutely need to know about the defender?

  1. Was the most expensive Spanish teenager at one point

    Was the most expensive Spanish teenager at one point

    Sergio Ramos was the most expensive Spanish teenager in history at the time of his transfer to Real Madrid from Sevilla in 2005. The transfer fee was reported to be €27 million, which was a record-breaking amount for a Spanish teenager.

  2. Nicknamed after famous German footballer

    As a child, Ramos played up front and was nicknamed ‘Bernd Schuster’ after the great German goal scorer by the friends he played with on the grass outside his apartment block. He’d go on to play in defence throughout his career, at right-back and center-back, but has maintained his brilliant goalscoring ability. Coincidentally, he was even coached by Schuster at Real Madrid between 2007 and 2008.

  3. Avid horse enthusiast

    Ramos has a horse named Yucatan de Ramos, which he acquired in 2016. The horse is a grey stallion and is known for its agility and speed. Ramos is an avid horse enthusiast and has been known to participate in equestrian events and competitions. Yucatan won a world championship at the 2018 International PRE Horse Fair, recognising it as the finest pure-bred Spanish horse in the world.

  4. Most-capped Spanish footballer

    Most-capped Spanish footballer

    Ramos is Spain's most-capped footballer of all time. He made his debut for the Spanish national team in 2005 and went on to earn 180 caps over the course of his career. During that time, he helped Spain win the UEFA European Championship twice (in 2008 and 2012) and the FIFA World Cup once (in 2010). His 180 caps for Spain surpassed the previous record held by Iker Casillas.

  5. Youngest European to reach 100 international caps

    In 2013, Ramos earned his 100th international cap for Spain and became the youngest European player to reach that milestone. It came against Finland during a 2014 World Cup qualifier match where he scored a goal to secure a 1-1 draw.

  6. Bullfighting enthusiast

    Ramos has expressed admiration for bullfighting and has been seen attending such events in the past. He has also been photographed wearing traditional bullfighting costumes, including the "traje de luces" (suit of lights), which is worn by bullfighters during corridas.

  7. Never scored for Spain at a major tournament
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    Never scored for Spain at a major tournament

    Ramos is Spain’s all-time record appearance holder (180) and has scored 21 goals for his country, a mightily impressive tally for a defender. Bizarrely enough, though, he’s never scored for Spain at a major tournament. Each of his 21 strikes has come in qualification rounds, in friendlies, or the UEFA Nations League. Beyond penalty shootouts, he’s never scored at a World Cup, European Championship, or even the Confederations Cup.

  8. Most red cards in La Liga history
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    Most red cards in La Liga history

    Ramos has received the most red cards in the history of La Liga, Spain's top professional football league. He had been sent off 20 times in La Liga matches throughout his career. Overall he has received 28 red cards thus far.

  9. Ninth highest goalscorer for Spain!

    Despite being a defender, Ramos is ranked among Spain's top 10 highest goalscorers. He is jointly ranked ninth with Alfredo Di Stefano with 23 international goals.

  10. Never won a Champions League knockout tie until the age of 25

    Ramos has four Champions League titles to his name, winning the tournament in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He may be one of the all-time greats of the competition, but it’s easy to forget that he didn’t reach the quarter-final until age 25. He never played in the Champions League with Sevilla, then his first few years at Real Madrid coincided with a barren spell for the capital city club in which they were consistently knocked out in the first knock-out phase. Finally, in 2010/11, after the arrival of Jose Mourinho, Ramos made it to his first quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur. He’s certainly overcome that initial disappointment as the years have gone on.

  11. A tattoo for every Champions League he won
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    A tattoo for every Champions League he won

    Ramos has a tattoo of every time he has won the Champions League on his leg. He won four titles at Real Madrid (2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18).

  12. Married to a journalist

    Ramos is married to television personality and journalist Pilar Rubio. The couple married on June 15, 2019, in a star-studded ceremony at the famous Seville cathedral in Spain. The wedding was attended by many of Ramos' current and former teammates, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, and David Beckham. Ramos and Rubio have four children together: Sergio Jr., Marco, Alejandro, and Maximo Adriano.

  13. A documentary on Ramos

    In September 2021, Amazon Prime Video released a documentary series called "El Corazón de Sergio Ramos" ("The Heart of Sergio Ramos") that followed his life and career. The series consisted of eight episodes and featured interviews with Ramos, his family, and his teammates and footage of his training sessions, matches, and personal life. The series gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Ramos' journey from his childhood in Seville to becoming one of the most successful footballers of his generation. It also explored his interests outside of football, including his love for music and family.