The final leg of Sergio Ramos' career is fueled by a voracious desire to break records.
It seems to feed back with reaching milestones that enlarge his biography.
His last mark in history, becoming the international defender with the most goals, he achieved last night.
With the two goals scored against Ukraine, he now has 23 and has surpassed Daniel Alberto Passarella, cacique and captain of Argentina that won the 78th World Cup. The Argentine central defender reached 22 goals with 70 games and the camero has done it in 172. Jorge Valdano, who lived with Passarella thus explains the link between the two.
“They are two great leaders, two great headers and two aggressive defenders, although Passarella was more scientific hitting than Ramos, who has seen more yellow.
Passarella complained one day about a central hitting a lot and someone replied that he distributed more.
And Passarella replied: 'That hits out of necessity, I out of pleasure.
There is a point of overacting in some of his rises to the attack and in his eagerness to score goals and in certain celebrations destined to be included in a documentary, but his forcefulness in the rival area supports a career to which he intends to add a participation in the Olympic Games.
Without going through the withdrawal yet, Ramos can leave the mark above thirty goals.
"I will have time to dose myself, for me it is a privilege to defend my country," he says when asked if these games in September are not an overexertion after ending the 19-20 season a couple of weeks ago.
In the historical list of scorers of the selection, Ramos equaled Alfredo di Stéfano.
Of the 23 goals he has scored with La Roja, eight have been penalties out of a total of ten shots.
Their only two errors were in the final of the Confederations Cup in Brazil, in 2013, against the host team and in Euro 2016. This error prevented Spain from finishing first in the group and they had to face Italy in the round of 16 final (2-0), in which it was Vicente del Bosque's last game at the head of the national team.
Ramos has taken great care to perfect the execution of penalties until he has become a true specialist.
After the marvel of Ansu Fati, yesterday he had to execute the fastest penalty in the history of the national team at 87 seconds, according to the statistician Mister Chip.
He opted for a hard pitch, and tight to the right of Pyatov, who guessed the hit, but his hands buckled.
The second goal was the product of a laboratory play.
The strategies to follow are marked by signs Jesús Casas.
Luis Enrique's assistant reaches for his kidneys when he orders a short corner kick.
Dani Olmo's thread was caught by Ramos with an imposing jump.
There, in the comparison with Passarella, he is the winner by height, although his jump was prodigious because he measured 176 centimeters.
Ramos was Luis Enrique's first change, close to game time.
The captain went straight to kiss the delegate Silvia Dorschnerova and was hugged by Luis Enrique.
The relationship between the two is one of the pillars on which it is tried to sustain the discipline of the group.
From the beginning they have tried not to crash.
In the Federation they report that from the first moment the coach opened his arms to Ramos, but also made it clear that the first authority is his.
Perhaps for this reason, unlike the voice that characterizes him when he plays for Madrid, he was less loud last night.
The orders were given by Luis Enrique.
"On a personal level, I am very happy and satisfied with the two goals," said Ramos before the TVE microphones.
The captain made reference to the new batch that is being installed.
“The coach is the one who decides the starting eleven, he has it very difficult because they are young players who are beginning to have experience and they are stepping strong.
It is good that they feel like Ansu, with that illusion that others had when we arrived ”.
Record of Ansu Fati
Meanwhile, Ansu Fati continues to break precocious records.
He made his debut with the national team on Thursday against Germany and became the second youngest debutant after Zubieta (1936).
And this Sunday, against Ukraine and in his first game as a starter with Luis Enrique's team, he has set an absolute record.
At 17 years and 311 days, he has become the youngest scorer in the history of the national team.
He surpassed the mark held by Juan Errazquin, a player born in Argentina, who he scored on the day of his debut with the Spanish team, on June 1, 1925 against Switzerland.
He was 18 years and 344 days old.
Besides the goal, Ansu Fati started the game in the best possible way.
In minute 3 he forced the penalty that allowed Sergio Ramos to score the first goal for Spain.
Ramos himself scored the second goal.
Ansu Fati, in an excellent action that culminated with a crossed shot adjusted to the strain of the stick, scored the third goal shortly before the break.
On August 25, 2019, Ansu Fati became the second youngest player, after Vincenç Martínez, to make his debut with Barcelona's first team. He was 16 years and 298 days old and the rival was Betis. His first goal as a professional was scored on August 31, 2019 and was a draw against Osasuna. With that goal, he became the youngest footballer in the entire history of Barça to score in the Primera, at 16 years and 304 days, and the third youngest in the history of the League, behind Olinga and Muniain. On December 10, 2019, he scored the winning goal for the Barça team against Inter Milan (1-2) and became the youngest scorer in the history of the Champions League at 17 years and 40 days.