Sergio Ramos became, when playing against Barcelona this Friday, the ninth player with the most games in the First Division, with 510, equaling his former teammate and friend Iker Casillas.
Sergio Ramos has returned home to continue writing pages of a historical book in Spanish football. The one who is considered one of the best centre-backs of 'La Roja' completed 510 games in the First Division this Friday, with a 2-year hiatus, which he spent at Paris Saint-Germain.
It seemed that Ramos was going to fulfill his destiny at Real Madrid, where he has been the reference for an entire generation in the center of the defense. But his departure in 2021, and his return to Sevilla, have made the camero make records in his first home, the Seville team.
Against Almería, Sergio Ramos played 510 games in the First Division. There are only 8 players who have played more -Messi, Sanchís, Buyo, Eusebio, Raúl, Raúl García, Zubizarreta and Joaquín- and one who equals him, Iker Casillas.
The defender, this season, can rise a few more places in the historical classification, since he has Messi only 10 games away and Sanchís 13 away. Buyo (542) and Eusebio (543) are further away.
From that February 1, 2004, in Riazor, when Caparrós gave him the alternative instead of Gallardo, until this September 23, 2023. 19 years later, Ramos reaches one more position in the historical table of players in the football elite Spanish.
The Camas defender knows well what it is like to play against Barcelona. In fact, the center back has played 34 games in the domestic competition, including this Friday, and it is the team he has faced the most.
Of course, against Barcelona he has only won on 9 of those 33 previous occasions. With Sevilla, he has not done it in any of the 2 games he has played so far. He has not been good at a team against which he has been sent off up to 4 times.
If there is a rival that Ramos is especially good at, it is Athletic. Against the Basque team, the centre-back has won 22 of the 28 games he has played and is also, along with Barcelona and Málaga, the team he has scored the most goals against in the First Division (5).
A beginning at the Pizjuán and a life at the Bernabéu.
Ramos debuted on February 1, 2004 at Riazor. At Sevilla he only played one full season, before leaving at just 19 years old to join the ranks of Real Madrid.
In the capital of Spain he spent 16 seasons, in which he did not go below 33 games, except for the last one.
Vilified by the Sánchez-Pizjuán stands since 2005, Ramos has won the affection of a large part of the fans with his first matches upon his return to his city, to his Seville.
He has already become the head of defense and is the piece that Mendilibar was missing to close the waterways.
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