‘I do not remember going up against a centre-back as nice as him’: Joshua King reveals much-maligned Sergio Ramos was a pleasure to play against during Norway’s defeat by Spain
- Joshua King thinks Sergio Ramos is one of the nicest defenders in world football
- The pair faced off in Spain’s narrow victory over Norway in Valencia on Saturday
- Ramos has a reputation as a controversial figure after a series of incidents
- King says that is not the case, claiming Ramos seemed ‘a very good sportsman’
Ramos is a much-maligned and controversial figure in the game after a number of high-profile incidents that have left him very much an enemy of most fans.
The Real Madrid captain, who has earned 25 red cards during his career, scored the winner from the penalty spot for Spain in Valencia and was fortunate to escape the game without a booking.
Joshua King has boldly claimed Sergio Ramos is one of the most pleasant defenders in football
However King, who converted a spot-kick six minutes before Ramos scored from 12-yards, claimed after the game that Ramos does not live up to his ruthless reputation in person.
He 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.’
King, who converted a spot-kick, thinks Ramos does not live up to his ruthless reputation
The Real Madrid captain scored the winner for Spain against Norway from the penalty spot
The 32-year-old will never enjoy a warm reception at Anfield after appearing to purposely injure Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in last season’s Champions League final.
Ramos dragged the Egyptian star down to the ground in Kiev, forcing Salah to damage his shoulder. He had to come off before half-time as the Reds lost their principal attacking threat before going on to lose the game.
Ramos was also recently charged by UEFA for deliberately earning a second yellow card in his side’s Champions League last-16 first-leg win at Ajax.
With Ramos confident Real would progress without him, the Dutch side went on to produce a memorable comeback in the second leg to dump them out of the competition.
He has also earned the most red cards in La Liga history (20) and earned a record-high 37 bookings in the Champions League.