It seems to be a popular thing to explain how you feel about Sergio Ramos these days.
Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk have done it recently - and both caused a stir.
In an interview with Copa90 last month, Lovren said that Ramos’s mistakes go unnoticed due to the quality of his teammates at Real Madrid.
“If you look, Ramos, he has many more mistakes than me but he’s at Real Madrid,” Lovren said. “With Ronaldo, when you make a mistake, it’s 5-1, 5-2 and nobody sees the mistake.”
Meanwhile, Van Dijk said that Ramos isn’t his style of defender and that he’s not even the best centre-back at his club.
“Ramos is not the best. He’s a great player and I respect what he has achieved, but he is not my type of central defender,” the Netherlands international said.
“Ramos’ team-mate at Real Madrid, Raphael Varane, is my favourite. An excellent defender, young and has already won a lot.”
Laporte weighs in on Ramos
Of course, Ramos is public enemy number one at Liverpool following his clash with Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final.
But one man who remains firmly in his fanbase is Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte.
Laporte has aspirations of becoming the best centre-back in the world - and he believes Ramos is the benchmark.
“Do I want to be the best defender in Europe? Of course. Any defender will tell you that - who wouldn’t want to be the best?” Laporte said, per the Evening Standard.
“Sergio Ramos is probably the best centre-back in the world at the moment as we know we have to match his standards or better him if we are to be as good as he is.
“To get to the top, you must have an edge to your game, like Ramos does.”
The ‘edge’ that Laporte speaks of very often lands Ramos in trouble.
But it has also helped him to become one of the most successful players in the history of the game.
Love him or hate him, there’s no doubting that Ramos is a true great.