Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos now admits that Cristiano Ronaldo was “very decisive” for Los Blancos, although “winning is always the objective” for the Spanish defender with or without the Portuguese international. Besides Sergio Ramos, former Real Madrid star Van der Vaart also admitted earlier that his side misses Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid is now perusing their UEFA Champions League dream for the first time in last nine years without their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. The performance of the La Liga side faced a significant impact after the departure of the Portuguese legend ahead of the start of the 2018-19 football season.
While talking about Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact on the squad ahead of their FIFA Club World Cup clash in Abu Dhabi, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos told FIFA’s official website “I don’t think you’ll see much of a difference on the pitch.” He then added, “We’ve got quite a similar team, despite losing Cristiano, who was a very decisive player for us.”
Sergio Ramos said “We’ll compete with the same approach that the club has always taken. Winning is always the objective.” He then said “The Club World Cup is a reward for your success in the previous season,” and further added, “It gives you an opportunity to confirm your standing by becoming world champions, and it’s a wonderful experience.”
He also recalled their association with Cristiano Ronaldo and said: “We’ve got some really nice memories of it because we’ve been successful on previous occasions.” The Spanish defender then also added “It’s a short competition and there’s no margin for error. There’s a semi-final and then a final, and we want to bring the cup back home.”
He said “All these things do play a role,” and added, “Real Madrid have a great history behind them, but you can’t dwell on that too much because the badge alone doesn’t win you matches.” Ramos then expressed “Each time things get a bit tighter, but there’s no doubt that experience is very important, and we have a lot of it.”