Santander League: The incredible infallibility of Sergio Ramos | LaLiga Santander 2019

Chains 21 consecutive penalties without failure. He has only missed four in his career. He is the highest scoring defender in a season since Perna in 2005-06

 Ramos executed the penalty kick against Getafe.

Ramos takes the penalty against Getafe.

On the road of Real Madrid towards the reconquest of the League, solvency is gaining more prominence than forcefulness. He pulled the second in the first two duels back to competition, against Eibar and Betis but since then the white team has become more attached to the conviction that, whatever happens, it will to get the games ahead. Getafe's visit this Thursday was paradigmatic of this more effective than overwhelming version of Madrid. A boarding school for Carvajal, an innocent penalty for Olivera and everything was on track to take advantage of Bara's draw against Atlético. It remained to be transformed, yes, but that was Sergio Ramos, a certainty not so long ago unsuspected.

Stigmatized for years by that launch into the clouds in the semifinal round of the Champions of 2012 before the Bayern the white captain has been uncovered since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure as an absolute guarantee from the penalty spot. With that of Thursday against Getafe, he accumulates 21 consecutive maximum penalties without failure, adding his launches with Madrid and with the Spanish team and including the batches. His last mistake dates back to May 5, 2018, in a 3-2 loss against Sevilla, in which he had two penalties, wasting the first and scoring the second. Curiously, who defends the goalkeeper from Seville that day is also his latest victim, David Soria. In total, he has only missed four of 33 pitches in his career.

His hitting streak is only comparable to that of two other footballers in Spain. Getafe striker Jaime Mata has 25 in a row although he has divided them between Segunda B, Segunda and Primera. Something similar to what happens to Cristhian Stuani, with an identical streak to that of Mata between First and Second, category in which he debuts this season with Girona.


Our captain is our leader on and off the field. He is an unrepeatable player, unique, we know what he transmits to others. I am happy for his goal, he is very confident in the penalty shoot-out, his coach praised him, Zinedine Zidane minutes after the victory against Getafe, in which Ramos reached 450 league games with Madrid , for which he received a commemorative shirt from the hands of its president, Florentino Prez.

But beyond his effectiveness since the penalty shoot-out, the captain of the team is also being a capital piece in the return of the Madrid to the competition. Zidane's have scored 12 goals in these six games and four of them, a third, bear his signature. Two of them have been penalties, against Real and Getafe, one of lack against Mallorca and the other in play in the rerun against Eibar.

With these four goals, Ramos raises his account in this League to nine , the same as Morata or Oyarzabal, more than Griezmann or Rodrigo. Only 14 players surpass him in the entire championship, including Karim Benzema the only Madrid goalscorer more prolific than him: 17 points. To find a top scorer in a league you have to go back to 2005-06, in which left-back Mariano Perna scored 10 with Getafe. With five days to play, Ramos, already the highest scoring pure defender in the history of the League and still has time to overcome one more record.

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