Sergio Ramos is the best defender in the world and can keep playing until he’s 40, according to former teammate Rafael van der Vaart.
Sergio Ramos has matured greatly and can still go on to play football for many more years.
Ramos joined Real Madrid as a 19-year-old from Sevilla in 2005 and was still a young player at 22 when Rafael Van der Vaart signed for the club in 2008.
Looking at the now 34-year-old’s contributions for Los Blancos this term, ex-teammate Van der Vaart believes the bullish defender still has a lot of years in him even at his age.
“For me, he is the best defender in the world,” Van der Vaart told said in the UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour quoted by Goal.
“When I was at Real Madrid, he was 21 or 22 and bursting with energy. He wanted to be everywhere. Free kicks, corner kicks, everywhere.
“Now it is different, Ramos has so much focus now. A focus on winning and he uses all his talents for that purpose. He’s aware of his skills, strength and conditioning and that helped him being so important for his team in winning already so many titles. His body is unbelievable, he is a machine.
“When I was watching a game the other day, I thought, ‘how old is he? 34?’ I believe he can still be playing for another six years, I’ve so much respect for him.”