Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has criticized Manchester United fans for being disrespectful towards club target Sergio Ramos. The 29 year old has been linked to the Old Trafford club but United are wary of the fact that the player might use them to get a better contract at Real Madrid. Also, United fans have come out and criticised Ramos for being rash and indisciplined at times.
Carragher, however, does not feel so and has asked United fans to show some respect to a player who has won it all including the World Cup, Euro and the Champions League.
Carragher told talkSPORT, “I get a bit wound up by the criticism Ramos gets. This is a fella who has won everything, he plays for one of the best clubs in the world and one of the best international sides we’ve ever seen.”
“He is rash at times, he has moments of madness and does get overly emotional in games, that’s always been a problem for him, but let’s not forget that it’s a problem for Wayne Rooney as well.”
“I’m not bothered about whether United sign him or not, or whether he’d be a good signing or not, but if he is not rated as one of the world’s best players, who is?”
“If his trophy record doesn’t give him a bit of credit, what chance have I, or any of the centre-backs in the Premier League?”
“I think it’s disrespectful – he’s won nearly 130 caps for Spain! He’s not playing for Mickey Mouse teams.”
“I’ve heard callers say he hasn’t reacted well under pressure and he makes mistakes – what defender doesn’t make mistakes?”
“If a team like Real Madrid could find a better defender, they would, but they don’t. Ramos plays every week, they win everything and people still chip away at him and criticise him.”
“Top-class centre-backs are a dying breed now, there’s very few now compared to years ago. If United don’t get Ramos, or don’t want to sign him, who else would they get?”
Ramos was one of the best players in the 2010 World Cup which Spain eventually won and most recently scored in the 93rd minute in the Champions League final in Lisbon which led to Real Madrid’s 10th Champions League crown. Ramos holds 128 caps for the Spanish international team. In 2013, Ramos became the youngest player to reach 100 caps having made his debut at the age of 18. He also holds more than 300 caps for Madrid. Having scored 40 goals, he’s also one of the leading goal scorers in La Liga from a defensive position. Ramos joined Real Madrid from Sevilla in 2005 at the age of 19 for €27m and has since become an integral part of the team. Ramos is known to be a leader in the dressing room and is deputy to club captain Iker Casillas.