He has not played for a month and a half because of a complicated fiber break in his left soleus. The lack of objectives of the club has allowed him to recover well, without having to force, for once in his career. Sergio Ramos returns to football. The captain of Real Madrid hopes to reappear at last on the last day of the League. An absence that the team has accused too much. The center is much more than a defense. He is the head of the squad on and off the field and both terms are very important in each field. Command, order, position and firm his companions, dressed long and short. He is the head of the wardrobe. There is nothing done that he does not lead or approve. And he's Zidane's field boss. It is necessary to say it, because in the white house they value it thus: it has become indispensable. To Seville, 33 years, he has two or three seasons at the highest level and the entity can not find a player capable of replacing him in the future. A goal that is very important for sports management. It is not easy to know how to take that baton in the grass.
Your campaign: 42 matches. He has played 28 League games and five Champions matches. Sum 3,661 minutes of competition
The situation demands to continue the search and to obtain defenses of level that at the same time know how to direct the line of rearguard and make themselves respected. It's not trivial. Militao, 21 years old, is the latest promising acquisition. The technicians want to have plants that play next to Ramos to tan and feed on that leadership. Many speak of the Dutch De Ligt, but Real Madrid is not willing to enter the path opened by the City of Pep Guardiola to pay 75 million for a central twentysomething.
Ramos takes care of himself with a Spartan demand to extend his career as long as possible. On April 6 he played his last game, in Mestalla. Zidane granted him a break on the following day, against Eibar. And on April 12, three days before the visit to Leganés, he suffered fiber breakage. He has missed these two matches mentioned plus the appointments against Athletic, Getafe, Rayo, Villarreal and Real Sociedad. Yesterday he trained in Valdebebas individually, but today or tomorrow he will join the job with the squad and wants to measure himself against Betis, his usual rival in Seville.
Seven days without playing: his last game was played at Mestalla on April 3
Luis Enrique tomorrow will give the call for the meetings of the Spanish team against the Faroe Islands and Sweden, valid for the European Championship 2020, and the captain hope to be in it.
Despite his absence during seven consecutive league matches, Ramos has played 42 games this season, in which he established his new top scorer, eleven goals in a campaign, which on Sunday he wants to improve. His shots show the relevance he has in the team. His success in penalties thrown Panenka style reveals the security that many strikers do not possess.
Eleven goals: it's his personal record. Topped 41 times in its 42 matches
The coaching staff stresses that Ramos, leader of the rearguard, has finished 41 times in the 42 matches played by the captain, data that reflects his offensive tendency. Another important aspect is that the captain has been averaged one foul per game, 42 in 42, a figure that confirms his desire to climb the attack. The center admits it with sincerity: «I always wanted to be a nine».
After a month and a half in the backstage, four very intense weeks begin for the captain. He wants to play against Betis on Sunday, in the Faroe Islands on June 7 and against Sweden at the Bernabéu on the 10th. And on Sunday, June 15, he marries Pilar Rubio. Ramos has recently been baptized to be married by the church in his native Seville. This season has only lifted one title, the Club World Cup. It thinks to make a good pre-season, without the wear of a World Cup or a European Championship, to return to the successes.