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The defensive heart of the FIFA FIFPro World XI is the same as that of the reigning World and European champions, Spain. Sergio Ramos joins countrymen Iker Casillas and Gerard Piqué in this elite team.


Ramos received his third award as a member of the FIFA FIFPro World XI. In 2008 the defender of Real Madrid got his first trophy, in 2011 he returned to the team, chosen by all his colleagues worldwide.


He and Daniel Alves (Barcelona and Brazil) are the defenders who are mentioned on most of the ballots, with Ramos just missing out on the top spot (respectively 43.5 and 44.0 per cent).


Ramos recaptured the Spanish league title with Real Madrid and helped Spain extend its reign as best team in Europe. He also won the Spanish super cup. He was named best defender of the Spanish league and is one of three players to play each minute of Spain’s three tournament finals (Euro 2008, FIFA World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012). Xavi and Iker Casillas are the two other players.


Still only 26 years of age, he is closing in on his 100th appearance in the national team (98). His hair might be shorter, but his passionate play on the pitch is still there. In defence, Ramos is a master in containing opponents. In attack, Ramos is extremely dangerous with his headers.




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