Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos is delighted to have been given penalty-taking responsibilities following the departure of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo from La Liga giants for Juventus.
The defender has been on spot-kick duties for Los Blancos since Ronaldo left Madrid in July. So far, Ramos has scored 10 goals, which is also his equal most in a campaign, in the ongoing season of La Liga.
Ramos also insisted that he never wanted to offend when he opted for the ‘Panenka’ from the spot.
“I’ve taken on the role after Cristiano’s departure and I’m delighted to do so,” Ramos was quoted as saying by Antena 3. “It [the ‘Panenka’] is a way to take them, but I never want to offend a colleague.”
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The upcoming three weeks would be crucial for Madrid as they are preparing for a few big clashes, including a Copa del Rey semi-final and league clash against Barcelona, a meeting with Atletico Madrid and Champions League tie against Ajax.
Speaking about their upcoming games, Ramos said it would be a huge month for Madrid.
Real Madrid will next take on Barcelona on Thursday in La Liga match where they sit third, 8 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
“We are facing Barcelona, who are the leaders in LaLiga, and our rivals in the cup,” Ramos said.
“We also have the derby with Atletico in LaLiga.”