A product of Sevilla's youth system, Sergio Ramos made his top-flight debut at the age of only 17. In 2005 he joined Real Madrid and has since cemented a reputation as one of the most reliable defenders in world football, with a trophy cabinet that houses three Spanish league titles, one Copa del Rey and two Spanish Supercup winner's medals.

 

Ramos made his name as an attacking right-back but has more recently been deployed in central defence, where he has excelled over the past season. His powerful physique and heading ability makes him a real threat in the air, particularly at set-pieces, from which he has scored an impressive number of goals down the years.

 

A true Andalusian, with a passion for bullfighting and flamenco, Ramos has won more than 100 caps for Spain since making his senior debut in 2005 as a 19-year-old. He made his first appearance in a major tournament at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ and has featured for Spain at every competition since, winning back-to-back UEFA EUROs and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.