It’s official: Sergio Ramos isn’t human.
The Real Madrid captain has proven time and time again over the last few seasons that he’s a striker trapped in a defenders body, somehow reaching insane goal tallies despite playing in the back four.
Just this week, Ramos entered the history books by overtaking Ronald Koeman as the highest-scoring defender in La Liga history by continuing his immaculate record from the penalty spot.
It’s Ramos’ impeccable composure from 12 yards as well as his threat from set-pieces – he’s scored in two Champions League finals(!!!) – that owes to his incredible statistics.
Or is that really the case? Well, Ramos showed during Real’s clash with Mallorca on Wednesday night that he’s got even more in his locker than spot kicks and headers.
Real Madrid vs Mallorca
Real had the chance to return to the La Liga summit as they welcomed the team fighting relegation, albeit not at the Bernabeu, and Vinicius Jr fired Los Blancos into an early lead.
But it was Ramos himself who moved Real well clear at 2-0 with a free-kick – yes, a free-kick – in the 56th minute that underlined his status as the ultimate attacking centre-back.
Despite the fact free-kick expert Gareth Bale was also lining up the effort on the edge of the penalty area, it was Ramos that took the responsibility and scored beautifully into the top corner.
Ramos’ gorgeous free-kick
The goalkeeper stood statuesque as the ball floated over the wall and curved just perfectly to ensure the net rippled. What an incredible strike.
You can check out the goal down below:
For the record, according to Transfermarkt, this is just the third free-kick Ramos has scored in his career, though that’s still pretty impressive for a central defender.
His first actually came against Real Madrid during his time with Sevilla in 2004/05 and the next came a decade later versus Real Valladolid.
The strike moves him to an astonishing 118 career goals for club and country.
Oh, and he’s even scored more club free-kick goals than Cristiano Ronaldo since December 2017. Wowsers.
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