Sergio Ramos acknowledges that Lionel Messi has made Real Madrid suffer over the years, with the Blancos captain believing that if the legendary Argentine had not been at Barcelona, he would have “more awards” to his credit.
A long-serving performer at the Santiago Bernabeu has amassed a plethora of trophies over the years, including domestic and continental success at club level, as well as World Cup and European Championship glory with Spain.
Ramos has four Champions League titles and five La Liga titles to his credit, but Messi has led Barcelona to ten titles and has made a habit of crushing Clasico rivals’ hopes over the years.
Let us see what Real Madrid’s talismanic captain has to say
Real Madrid’s talismanic captain has revealed in his documentary series ‘The Legend of Sergio Ramos’ that “we’ve struggled against Messi during these years.”
“Perhaps we would have won more trophies if Barcelona hadn’t had him. There was a time when we were up against the greatest Barcelona team in history. We had a fine coach in [Jose] Mourinho, but we couldn’t beat them. We didn’t win much. There was a lot of friction. The frictions may have been created by either them or us.”
Along with his Champions League and La Liga titles, Ramos has also helped Real Madrid win two Copa del Reys. The UEFA Super Cup has been won three times, while the FIFA Club World Cup has been won four times.
Ramos has made a record-breaking 180 appearances for Spain, sandwiching a World Cup victory in 2010 between two European Championship victories.
He has won 22 trophies at club level and three more for his country.
Real Madrid is determined to retain their La Liga crown in 2020-21. They have a 3-1 advantage in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final match against Liverpool.
Ramos will be looking to play a big part in both of those teams’ drives for silverware. He is already out with another hamstring injury.
Questions have also been posted on how long he will remain in the Spanish capital.
The 35-year-contract old’s will expire in the autumn, and no renewal has been settled upon as he approaches free agency.
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with a move. Ramos might see his future at the Bernabeu remains unclear.