Champions League

Juninho: Ramos the best defender in Spanish history

2017-03-08 10:02
Sergio Ramos (Getty)

Cape Town - Real Madrid's captain fantastic, Sergio Ramos headed Real Madrid into the Champions League quarter-final stage after playing a crucial role in two goals in a 3-1 win over Napoli on Tuesday night.

Los Blancos advanced to the next stage of the European cup competition with a 5-2 aggregate victory after Ramos inspired a nervous-looking Madrid to withstand a dominant display by the Italians who were backed by a ferocious home crowd.

Napoli took a first half lead through Dries Mertens before Ramos got on the end of two Toni Kroos corner kicks to earn a 3-1 victory for Madrid with Alvaro Morata slotting home a third.

After Ramos' heroics Porto legend, Juninho claimed that the Madrid skipper was the greatest ever Spanish defender and one of the best in the history of the game.

Sergio Ramos is the greatest defender in the history of Spanish football. And among the best in the history of football.

The 30-year old has remarkably scored 21 goals since the 2014 Champions League final, 18 having come when Madrid were in a losing position or drawing.

Ramos also scored in two winning Champions League finals with his contribution in Napoli keeping his side's dream alive of making history by becoming the first team to retain the Champions League trophy.

After the game however, the Spain international chose to downplay his role in the win over Napoli. 'Critics were killing me a week ago so I won't claim to be a hero now, he said.


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