Ranking Real Madrid Star Sergio Ramos' Top 6 Spain Moments
Sergio Ramos had a horror show against the Netherlands for Spain, and he wasn't the only one.
With that being said, the defender has enjoyed a long and impressive career for La Roja, filled with magic moments.
Here are six of his greatest, which he might use to draw upon as Spain fight to stay in the 2014 World Cup.
Breaking a Record on His Debut
Sergio Ramos made his Spain debut in 2005 in a 3-0 win against Chile.
At the time, he was only 18 years and 361 days old, the youngest player ever to appear in a Spain shirt.
Ramos' achievement was broken by Cesc Fabregas later on, but it will still be a proud achievement for the patriotic defender.
All he wants to do, Ramos told Four Four Two, is be remembered by the beautiful game:
I'm fortunate enough to have played many years at the top level, both for my club and for Spain, which is something that I'm enormously proud of. Hopefully, in the future my name will last long in the history of the beautiful game.
First Tournament for La Roja
Sergio Ramos struck twice during a 6-0 destruction of San Marino in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
His performances, both for Spain and for Real Madrid, secured him a place in the squad for the World Cup proper.
Playing at right-back, he got on board the plane to Germany with his team-mates.
Ramos usurped veteran defender Michel Salgado in Spain's starting line-up and played the first two games of the group—4-0 and 3-1 wins over Ukraine and Tunisia respectively.
Salgado came back in for the third game, which saw Spain beat Saudi Arabia 1-0.
Ramos returned for the last 16, where Spain crashed out to France in a 3-1 defeat.
He had, however, picked up a taste for the big stage.
Brilliant Free-Kick Strike Against Panama
Sergio Ramos doesn't often get to take free-kicks for Real Madrid, given the line of players ahead of him in the queue.
The case is often the same for Spain.
It's a shame, though, as he has a nice right-foot on him and doesn't get to use it that often in an attacking fashion.
Against Panama in November 2012, he scored a brilliant free-kick, arced into the top right-hand corner.
Euro 2008 Final Triumph
With the exception of one group match, Sergio Ramos played every single minute for Spain in the tournament.
Playing at right-back still, he helped La Roja keep a clean sheet in the quarter-final against Italy, which went to penalties.
Ramos did not take a spot-kick, but Spain progressed to meet Russia in the semi-final, when Ramos was part of a defence which kept a second clean sheet.
In the final, a third consecutive shutout earned Spain a 1-0 victory over Germany.
Ramos nearly helped Spain open the scoring, with his cross to Fernando Torres headed against the woodwork by the striker.
He could have scored himself in the second half, heading straight at Jens Lehmann from close range.
In the end, it did not matter. Spain had won a major international tournament at last.
Winning It Again Four Years Later
By this time, Sergio Ramos had come inside for club and country. He was now playing at centre-back.
Alongside Gerard Pique—his La Liga rival at Barcelona—he formed a partnership, which is still in place today.
Ramos played all three group games, helping Spain keep two clean sheets against Republic of Ireland and Croatia, as well as a 1-1 draw against Italy.
In the quarter-final, he and Spain avenged their 2006 defeat by France with a 2-0 win in Donetsk.
They kept another clean sheet in the semi-final against Portugal, with Ramos scoring in the penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw, as Spain progressed to the final.
He was given the man of the match award for a superb display.
That individual accolade was later topped by keeping another clean sheet in the final—a 4-0 romp over Italy.
World Cup 2010 Victory
A shock 1-0 defeat by Switzerland in the group stages saw Spain suffer at the hands of the critics, but it was only up from there.
Playing at right-back, Ramos did his part in the 2-0 win over Honduras and 2-1 triumph against Chile to help Spain qualify for the knockout stages.
Spain beat Portugal 1-0 in the last 16, with Ramos playing well alongside Joan Capdevila, Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique.
Against Paraguay in the quarter-final and Germany in the semi-final, 1-0 was again the order of the day.
Against the Netherlands in the final, it was the same again.
Keeping a clean sheet is all you can ask from a defender, and Ramos was as good as any of the others in Spain's tough back line.
He also offered the side an outlet in attack, too, and deserved his World Cup medal.
If Ramos had to list his proudest moment, you would bet on it being this.
Can he and Spain do it again?
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