AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini backs Real Madridís Sergio Ramos to become the best
AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini believes Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos has the capability of becoming the world’s undisputedly best defender, but Spaniard will to show utter diligence to acquire such an achievement. Maldini believes occasional lapses in concentration have stopped Ramos from showing the pinnacle of his form.
Ramos, who has recently become a regular choice for center-back after starting as a right-back at Real Madrid and Spain, has picked up all domestic trophies for his club and have helped his country win the 2010 World Cup as well as the Euro 2008 and 2012 trophies.
Maldini told Marca in an interview that Ramos just couldn’t keep his head all the time. Ramos gave an example of this oddity when he played Eduardo Vargas for Chile’s first goal in a 2-2 friendly draw on Tuesday. Ramos’ disciplinary record also speaks against him. The 27-year-old is the most red-carded in history of Real Madrid. Ramos has picked up a total of 16 red cards and 100 yellows in the eight seasons he has played under a Real Madrid jersey.
“Sergio Ramos has everything to become the best defender in the world, if he is not already,” Maldini said. “He is very close, together with Thiago Silva, but he must perfect some things to be the undisputed number one.
“He must be ambitious and work more in his head, because on the physical and technical sides he already has plenty. I am sure that Carlo Ancelotti will be a big help for him in putting the final touches to this. He can play in various positions at the back, center-half and full-back, but to be the best center-half he must always play a perfect game. Always.”
Maldini believes the new Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will bring success to the club. Ancelotti, who used to be Maldini’s teammate and then manager of AC Milan, will not change much at Los Blancos according to Maldini.
“Carlo has always triumphed everywhere he has gone,” the former Italy international added. “Unlike at PSG, he does not now have to change the squad’s mentality, to start from zero with his philosophy. At Madrid that is all already there -- the only thing he must do is win.
“There will not be much patience, in the same way as at Milan. I am sure he knows that himself. He knows the culture of a winning team, which always looks for success while playing well. He has shown that in England, Italy and France, something that not all coaches can say. There is no team that Carlo is not capable of commanding.”