Real Madrid legend Luis Figo believes Sergio Ramos would be a very worthy recipient of the highly coveted Ballon d’Or award.
The Spanish centre-back has been a pillar for Real over the past 14 years, where he’s helped them win 20 major honours. Aside from that, Ramos has regularly been lauded for both his defensive and goalscoring abilities.
Back in August, the former Sevilla man even joined Lionel Messi as two of the only players to score across 15 consecutive La Liga seasons.
And Ramos proved to be an invaluable part of the Real squad last season as they secured an unprecedented third successive Champions League title. He was also later named in UEFA’s Team of the Season for the competition.
However, Ramos was overlooked for the 2018 Ballon d’Or award in favour of Real team-mate Luka Modric following his standout performances at last summer’s World Cup for Croatia.
While not specifically mentioning whether he meant for last year’s award, Figo stated that Ramos would deserve a Ballon d’Or.
“It’s clear that Sergio Ramos deserves to win the Ballon d’Or,” Figo told Marca.
“Being a defender is almost like being a goalkeeper, it’s a lot more difficult to win the award but (Fabio) Cannavaro managed it (when Italy won the World Cup in 2006).
“It depends on the moment, on the year, but for quality alone it’s obvious that Ramos should win it.”
Ramos had in fact outscored Modric last season with five goals compared to the midfielder’s two.
Figo spent five years at Real upon completing an infamous €62m transfer from bitter rivals Barcelona in 2000.
The ex-Portuguese winger was met with a hostile reception upon returning to Camp Nou in the famous white shirt, with Barcelona supporters even throwing a pig’s head at him.
The 2000 Ballon d’Or winner eventually left Real in the summer of 2005 on a free transfer to Inter Milan after making 239 appearances in all competitions.
In his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Figo won two La Liga titles and the Champions League.
“When you make a chance you always think it will be for the best,” said Figo.
“I was looking for recognition and trying to improve in every facet, economically, prestige-wise and with titles.
“When I signed for Inter it was simply about looking for football happiness.”