Sergio Ramos scored his 16th goal of the season with a panenka against Norway… Real Madrid’s captain has netted more than Marcus Rashford, Thomas Muller AND Diego Costa
- Ramos has 16 goals in all competitions this season for Real Madrid and Spain
- He chipped a 71st-minute penalty against Norway to help Spain to a 2-1 win
- Ramos has the name number of goals as Real team mate Gareth Bale this season
Sergio Ramos attracts both controversy and admiration for his attitude and ability – yet one thing rarely acknowledged is his ability as a goal scorer.
The centre back chipped a 71st-minute penalty home against Norway to help Spain to a 2-1 Euro 2020 qualification victory.
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Sergio Ramos has scored 16 times in all competitions this season for Real Madrid and Spain
The centre back chipped a 71st-minute penalty home against Norway to help Spain to a 2-1 win
Ramos has scored the name number of goals as Real team mate Gareth Bale this season
For perspective, that is the name number of goals scored by Real team mate Gareth Bale in all competitions this season, and one more than Marcus Rashford.
Another Manchester United forward, Anthony Martial, cannot touch Ramos, with just 11 goals this season. Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona has 10.
There are several other leading European forwards who can only dream of matching Ramos’ hit rate – such as Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller (seven) and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa (four).
Marcus Rashford has 15 strikes this season, but cannot match Real centre back Ramos
So respected is Ramos, that even strikers who come up against him cannot help but praise the multiple Champions League winner.
Norway and Bournemouth striker Josh King, who scored from the spot himself in Saturday’s game, said: ‘I think that I did really well against one of the best centre-backs in the world.
‘Ramos has a reputation of being dirty and rough, but I do not remember going up against a centre-back as nice as him.
‘I have not seen all of his matches but I think that all of his challenges were clean and he seemed to me a very good sportsman. He won some duels and I won others, I think it was a good game.’
There are many leading forwards who can only dream of matching his hit rate, like Diego Costa