Spain defender Sergio Ramos entered the record books with his 21st international goal during last night’s European qualifier against Romania.
The 33-year-old joined the likes of Raul, David Villa and Fernando Torres in Spain’s all-time top 10 goalscorers list after netting a 29th minute penalty, equalling the record of former Real Madrid midfielder Michel.
In fact, Ramos is just three goals away from overtaking legendary Real Madrid forward Alfredo Di Stefano in the rankings; a quite remarkable stat considering he is a defender.
His efforts on Thursday night have also brought to light a number of remarkable stats.
Ramos has scored more international goals than David Beckham, Francesco Totti, Franck Ribéry, Philippe Coutinho and Carlos Tevez after his finish against Romania.
Not to mention the fact he’s scored the same amount as Steven Gerrard in his entire England career
Sergio Ramos has scored more international goals than:
Not bad for a centre-back.
Sergio Ramos (CB) has 21 goals for his country alone apart from the 100 he’s scored for club while Jesse Lingard has 17 goals in his whole career as an attacking midfielder at the age of 21
He’s not just banging them in for his country, either.
Ramos has scored 37 goals for Real Madrid since scoring in the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, and 26 of those have come when Real Madrid were losing or drawing.
The Los Blancos centre-back thrives on scoring important goals. He bagged 18 goals in 51 appearances for club and country last season, and continues to find the back of the net on a regular basis.
In other news, Ramos received an undeserved yellow card during last night’s European qualifier.
He celebrated scoring a penalty by performing a goggle celebration, where he mimicked wearing glasses, but moments later, to the utter bemusement of Ramos, referee Deniz Aytekin produced a yellow card.
Aytekin thought the defender was “gesturing to the stands” but he was actually paying tribute to his nephew, who coincidentally wears glasses.
He basically wanted to cheer him up, but the official spoiled the party by brandishing an undeserved yellow.
The Spanish defender confirmed that Aytekin apologised to him at half-time for his mistake. “The yellow card came from some confusion.” the Real Madrid centre-back said.
“It was for my nephew. We both wear glasses and it was for him. I did it to cheer him up, to dedicate the goal to him.
“The referee thought I was gesturing to the stands.”