Sergio Ramos has said he encourages young people to play football because of its unifying effect and the way the game improves team work skills.
Appearing at an event in Madrid when the whole Los Blancos squad were presented with new Audi cars, the defender was asked for his thoughts on how important football has been to him, and what advice he gives to future generations looking to take up the sport.
He stated: “I encourage young people to take this sport as an example because it’s really wonderful. I’ve been fortunate enough to live for and by it since I was a lad. This is a sport that excites you and makes you smile. I think that’s fundamental.
“Perhaps football has a greater impact compared to other sports, you can play and enjoy it on a group level and other sports don’t have that. It’s very important that young people to combine sports with their normal life.”
Ramos has enjoyed a glittering career in which has won the World Cup, European Championship and La Liga among other things. And he said he is at the right club to help him fulfill his dream of winning the European Cup – with Los Blancos chasing La Decima this year – their tenth European crown.
“I think that I play on the best team in the world because history says so. I feel privileged. Counting this season I’ve been with Real Madrid for nine seasons. The impact that playing for Real Madrid has on a global as well as a historic level is something that no other team has, and that means that we’re the best club. I feel privileged to be able to defend this crest,” he was quoted as saying.