Sergio Ramos has always had a reputation for the extravagant. From the hairstyles to the tattoos, to the ridiculous clobber he's often seen sporting away from the football field, the Real Madrid defender's tendency to catch the eye is as regular as clockwork.
The 29-year-old's latest high-profile plug involves him showcasing his sublime skills during training with the Spain national team this week, producing a pre-meditated routine that even the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo would struggle to replicate.
Captured on film by Spanish publication AS on their very own TV channel, Ramos spends around 40 seconds juggling with the ball in the air, combining unbelievable close control with his feet, knees, head and shoulders with irregular punts into the sky.
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Naturally, on its return the ball is brought down with brilliant one-touch control, proving the player has elegance not normally associated with centre-backs.
In fact, Ramos is far from the stereotypical defender having already proved that during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu. But, even the most dedicated Madridista fan will probably be surprised by this show of neat flicks and tricks from one of the club's longest serving stars.
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Carlo Ancelotti saw the light when he experimented playing Ramos in a more advanced midfield position before he was harshly sacked by club president Florentino Perez at the end of the season, but the Italian tactician was panned for that decision by sections of the Spanish media.
Speaking to the gathered press at La Roja's training base earlier this week, Ramos intimated that he disagreed with the decision to relieve Ancelotti of his duties, perhaps because he knows that in the aftermath of the veteran coach's departure there will be even fewer chances for him to venture further forward.
"I am not the one who takes these type of decisions, which maybe in my case, perhaps, would not have been the same," he is quoted saying by AS. "But the higher ranks are there for that, those who know the most about this.
"In general, a coach who ends up bringing balance and knows the dressing room well when it comes to managing it, is always good. The more time he is there, it is better for the group. But changes are made, maybe because they think that is the best solution, and we accept that."
Rafa Benitez was unveiled as Ancelotti's successor on Wednesday and Ramos will now have to convince him that he's worthy of inclusion in the Real Madrid team.
Watch footage of Sergio Ramos showing off his skills in Spain training in the video above, and have your say in the comment box provided if you think he is capable of playing in midfield for Real Madrid…
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