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Sergio Ramos – the Real… interview

March 3, 2011
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Okay, I’m not even going to bother writing an introduction for this post, since it took me long enough already!  So here you are… the complete Real Ramos interview.

A great song.  It’s Niña Pastori’s “Vagabundo” and it’s Sergio Ramos’ favorite song.

It is a great song.  I have a great relationship with both María (Niña Pastori’s real name) and her husband Chaboli, and I’ve always identified very much with music and with flamenco.  Her flamenco says a lot to me.  It’s one of my favorites.

The song talks about the boulevard of dreams.  What was Sergio Ramos’ boulevard of dreams like when he was a kid?

It wasn’t a boulevard, it was a neighborhood with a small square and a garden in Camas.  That’s where I first kicked the ball and played my first games.  One goal was made up of two trees and we built the other one from stones.  It’s times like those when you really enjoy your childhood, your first friendships.  That’s when one begins to start dreaming, to aspire to do things.

So, the first football field where Sergio Ramos played was a square with goals made out of rocks.

Yes.  That’s how many footballers started.  In my case, that’s where it all started.  Later on, as time passed, some friends and I created a field behind the buildings where we lived.  It was still rocky, but at least the field was made of dirt, not asphalt like the square was.

Until what time did your parents let you play football?  Was there a time when you had to be back by to eat dinner?

Yes, my parents were very strict in this aspect.  I went to school in the mornings and from the time I was small, I trained practically every day with the youth teams of Sevilla and I had very little free time because I spent nearly all my time training.  Around nine at night, my parents would whistle at me from the balcony for me to come up.

Who were your teammates on that field of rocks before Sevilla?  Can you give any names?

Those are the friends that I still have in Camas.  Some continue to live there, while others have made their lives in other cities.  I can give you many names: Samuel, Jesús, Angelito, my cousins, Pedro, Álex, José Luis, who lived there as well.  The truth is that we had a lot of fun, and we spent many hours together.  When you’re a kid, you choose a sport, and some like baloncesto more, others prefer básquet – well, baloncesto and básquet are the same thing – swimming or tennis, and what we liked was playing football in our neighborhood.

Whenever you speak with a footballer, they always tell you, “as a kid, I wasn’t the best one in my group of friends, so and so was always better than me.”  Were you the best in your group?

No, no way.  I can give you a lot of names – Nico, Polaco… – who were the stars, not only in the neighborhood, but also on the local team where I started, in Camas.  In Sevilla, I’ve also had very talented teammates but due to the misfortunes and other factors that football has, they weren’t able to make it in the end.  Perhaps what made me different compared to my friends was that I had consistency and the dream of becoming a footballer.

You were eight years old when you went to Sevilla.

I started at the age of six, almost seven, with the local team, el Camas, and as it was affiliated with Sevilla, there were always scouts coming to watch us.  I signed with them, and it was a marvelous time in my life.  It’s true that I had to renounce many things, because when you choose to focus on one thing and you have to be disciplined and ordered, you have to give up many of the things that you would do with your friends, such as going out, going to the movies and all that.  I missed out on all that and I had to leave it behind, but mostly it was worth it and I’ve been compensated, looking at where I am today.

Did your brother or another family member go with you to Sevilla to train, because the field was far from your house?

Yes.  We lived in Camas and it was complicated.  When you’re a kid, your family goes through certain things that aren’t easy for a child to understand.  I wasn’t aware of the great effort that my family made for me.  My mother would take me one day, the next day my brother, then my grandfather… it was a sacrifice that was worth it.  But it’s true that the field was far away and in that time they didn’t offer any economic help.

I’ve been told that one time they forgot to pick you up from the field… what happened?

It was a winter afternoon, when it gets dark early, and around six it was already nighttime.  We trained at four and at five we were done.  I had teammates who didn’t live in Camas but would pass by the town, and they asked me, “Sergio, should I bring you?”  I told them thanks but no, don’t worry because my father or my brother would come.  At that time, no one lived in the training grounds of Sevilla; later on a couple lived there, and that would have made things easier.  In that time, at night there was only a security guard.  The hours passed and I began to get frightened.  It was all dark and at night, couples would come in their cars.  It turned out that my father thought my brother would come pick me up and vice versa.

And there were some dogs there too, no?

I was tired of waiting, so I sat on a fence and leaned against a tree.  And when I looked around, I saw two Rottweilers and a boxer, and I got so scared.  I ran away and climbed up a tree.  When the dogs got my scent, they came after me.  Luckily, the security guard was making his rounds and he whistled at them.  I didn’t know where to look.  He locked the dogs up and called my parents.  I’ll never forget this story.

What out of your childhood will you never forget, what’s always on your mind?

Perhaps the different stages of my life, the changes.  In the first place, the effort that your family makes to share in your joy and hopes to become someone important in football, because many people don’t achieve this objective.  I value this and I will be eternally grateful to my parents, my siblings and my family, who have given me the most in this aspect.  They’ve marked my life.  After that, all the things I’ve experienced, such as when you have to leave friends behind because you don’t share the same lifestyles.  And you never forget this.  After that, when I moved from Camas to go to another nearby town.  You leave friends behind, but you meet new ones.  You grow as an athlete and debut with the first team of Sevilla.  Those are small steps in life that you’ll always remember with a lot of affection.

And what is the most mischievous thing you did as a kid?

I did many things.

Something that you can tell us about.

Well… we lived in a neighborhood that was five blocks from the mountains, on the fringes of the town and there was a lot of empty terrain.  There were many couples that would come at night to fool around and we always liked to spy on them to see what they were doing, what they weren’t doing.  But these are typical antics that kids do to pass the time.  I’ve very grateful to all the friends I’ve had and still have today.  Each time I return to Camas, I always get together with them to eat, to chat or whatever, just being together is the best thing.

Does it frighten you to get older?

Yes and no.  On the one hand, I want to get older to be able to see what I achieved on the professional level.  On the personal level, I’m the first one to be “súper ilusionado” and have confidence in winning many titles.  And at the same time, it makes me sad because everything goes by so quickly and you don’t have time to enjoy everything, not only with your team.  For example, on the national team, you’re the champion of the world and yet you don’t have time to appreciate it, enjoy it.  But in the future, when you’re doing something else and you have more time for your family or your partner, you will be able to appreciate all that you’ve done in life, what you are and what you have been.  I would like to tell all this to my grandchildren.

Casillas said one week ago that “right now I don’t have time to enjoy what’s happening in my life, so it will have to wait until I retire.”  It’s shocking that you don’t realize what you’re doing until you hang up your boots, no?

The only reality is that in football you can’t live from the past, that you have to prove yourself every day.  This sport doesn’t have a memory, people don’t remember anything, and that’s why the day to day, the hard work and consistency are important.  It’s a shame that you don’t have time to enjoy things.  But you’ll always have a DVD, a photo, an image, a feeling that can’t be erased.

Did you make it as a footballer because of your family?

Of course.  If there’s anyone I owe anything to, it’s them and I am what I am thanks to them.

Why?

I will never get tired of saying so.  Because they’re the people who educated me, both professionally and personally.  They’ve instilled in me the principles that I believe have helped me to choose the correct path and not get diverted as many former teammates have.  I believe your family and those people around you are key.

Were there moments in which you could have chosen a different path, chosen to do something else?  Or did you always know you wanted to be a footballer?

Diverted no, mistaken yes.  But I believe that everyone makes mistakes.  And if there’s anyone that can advise you when you’re that age, it’s your father and your family.  They’re the most qualified to tell you certain things.  If I committed an error or didn’t have my head on straight, they would tell me that the right path to take is this, that you need to do this… They’re the priority in everything for me.  I’m very grateful to all of them.  I will worship them until I die.

Iker’s weakness is his brother Unai.  Is your weakness your father?  Your grandmother?  Your mother?  Your sister?  Your brother?

I’m getting emotional because fortunately I have a very united family and everyone is important for me.  Although my brother and my father will be jealous, my weakness is my sister Miriam.  She’s the only girl in the family and I love her a lot.  I get emotional just talking about her.

I’ve also been told that there’s another girl that you’re crazy about, and that her name is Daniela.  How old is she?

Daniela is my niece, she’s three and a half.  She’s the first offspring of the three of us, and she’s like my own daughter.  Her father is René.  She’s adorable and I identify very much with her.  Each time that she comes to Madrid, I spend as much time as I can with her.  Once I finish with football, I dedicate myself to my family and my Daniela.

You speak of your family as an important factor in shaping how you are today, but we also have to talk about Joaquín Caparrós, an important person that you will never forget.

Of course.  I’ve learned something from all the coaches I’ve had, both in good and bad moments.  But if there was one person that supported me when I was no one, when it was difficult to have confidence in a kid with almost no experience or playing time in the first division, it was Joaquín Caparrós.  He did this with many canteranos in Sevilla and now in Bilbao… I maintain a deep friendship with him since I played for him.  I have a special affection for him and I will be eternally grateful to him because he’s one of the ones I learned the most from.

Tell me that anecdote about the rondo during one training session with Sevilla.

Joaquín Caparrós called me up when I was 16 to train with the first team.  During my first session with them, there were legendary players who were my idols, such as Javi Navarro, Martí, Pablo Alfaro, Darío Silva… and I was at a loss for words.  There was also a canterano who had made it to the first team.  During the rondo, I was in the middle and when I went for one ball, I slipped and I kicked him.  He got in my face, which is typical of football, since you get mad, but not more than that.  And then Caparrós came up, since he always keeps an eye on what the canteranos do and what happens during the sessions.  He came to set things straight, and then he whispered to me, “kick him harder next time.”  If there’s anything he demands, it’s character.  You can have a bad day, but your attitude should always be good, and you should always return home with the feeling that you gave it all you got even though things might not have turned out well, so you can have a tranquil conscience and sleep well.  Caparrós really stressed this during training sessions, and since you train as you play… He is a great coach and a great person.

Florentino Pérez and José Mercé spoke to a radio program a few days ago and Mercé told about how in 2005, he advised the president to sign a player from Sevilla named Sergio Ramos who was very good and ambitious.  Is he a padrino for you?

Of course.  There’s an anecdote, that one time when José Mercé went down to Sevilla… he loves football, and he’s a madridista to the core; I don’t believe there’s any other artist who’s as madridista as he is.  He is, along with Niña Pastori, an idol in the world of flamenco and someone I’ve followed since I was a kid.  My parents put on flamenco music for me from the time I was small.  Back to the anecdote.  One day, after playing a game with Sevilla, Jesuli, my brother and I went to eat in a shopping center in the Nervión.  When I entered the restaurant, I saw Mercé there.  My mind went blank.  I was very excited, since I didn’t know him personally.  I decided to ask him for an autograph, and when he saw me, he gave me a hug and he told me not to worry, that I was going to sign with Madrid, that he was going to tell Florentino that he had to sign me, that the club needed people with ambition and a hunger for titles.  And he was like a fairy godmother, because that all happened the next year.  He signed an autograph for me and I signed one for him.  I have his framed and hanging in my room.  He told me yesterday that he would go to the Champions League game with us.  He’s a special person.  And he has a great family.

Mercé says you’re quite gifted when it comes to singing and dancing.

I’m a mere enthusiast, for where I’m from and where I was born.  You have your roots and this is mine.  I’ve always liked flamenco, the art, which comes from where you’re from.  I love music.

And what’s Sergio Ramos the person like, for those who don’t know him?

It’s difficult to change the image people have of you, because the first impression that people generally have of a footballer is from a game.  It’s a shame, because really 90 percent of footballers aren’t known for who they are but rather for some memory that people associate with them, such as a tackle they’ve given.  But they don’t know if you’re a family man, humble, simple, happy, nice… I’m a very straightforward person, sincere, friend of my friends, family-oriented, and very happy although sometimes I don’t appear to be.  I consider myself “un tío superalegre.”  I wake up singing, I go to bed singing, beating out a rhythm on my guitar.  I try to be happy.  I believe the face is a reflection of the soul and those who really know me or have the chance to spend a day with me will realize this.

You’re a person that likes to help others.  You’ve been a UNICEF ambassador and the patron of the Apascovi Foundation for the past five years.

Everyone needs to do things like this, not just me, as people.  I consider myself fortunate to be able to help out.  It’s easy for us, with the importance of sports and football, to help those in need.  Obviously, we’re not going to change the world but we can make lives easier and help people.  From the time I was asked to collaborate with UNICEF, with Apascovi, with foundations, NGOs, hospitals… you have to be caring and know that you have time for everything.  It’s priceless to be able to get a smile out of a child, to go to a hospital and see children who are sick, who haven’t smiled for one year but as soon as they see you, they smile.  There’s nothing that can compare to this.  Everyone can do this, especially footballers, who are practically obligated to do this, to help others, for the importance that football has.

You were in Senegal.  What was unforgettable about that trip?

A lot of things.  It was a trip that I wanted to take but it was also very tough because you see things that you never imagined.  You can see that death there… how should I put it… that they don’t value the life of a child because it’s normal for them to die young from disease or malnutrition or many other things.  This trip changed me and I wanted to take my brother and my sister along to open our eyes and begin to really appreciate things, because many times we complain about the stupidest things, and there they don’t even have anything to drink.  That’s hard, and that’s why I had so much interest in getting to know and helping people who practically don’t have anything.

Do these injustices make you cry?

Yes.  I’m not going to lie, I’m not a person who cries easily but I am sentimental at times with these things.  I’ve cried many times, but alone.  I don’t know why, but for example during the trip to Senegal, you couldn’t help but get emotional and cry when a kid hugs you or caresses you when you give them something to eat.  With things like that, I’m the most sensitive guy in the world although I may give off the image of being a tough guy or a cold person.  But I am very sentimental, and my family can attest to that.  If there’s anything I inherited from my mother and which my siblings also have, it’s this.

What’s Sergio Ramos like when he’s with his family?  Because there is this image of you as a cold person, and a different one when you’re with your friends and family…

I enjoy myself a lot when I’m surrounded by people who love me, people who are true.  In football, there’s a lot of lies, a lot of insincerity.  At home, I’m always happy and even more so when I’m with my people, with my niece.  There are things that are priceless and one of them is being at home, playing with my niece on the patio, or eating with my family, having coffee, listening to music, playing, talking…  for me, those are unforgettable things.

You’ve been preoccupied lately about your grandmother Reyes.

Yes.  My maternal grandparents are the only ones I have left.  My paternal grandfather passed away many years ago and I was the apple of his eye.  His dream was to see me debut with the first team, but he never saw that, something which I regret.  That’s why I think of him each time I step on the field.  My grandmother is not doing well and when I see her like that, it affects me a lot.

Do you talk about football with your grandmother?

She’s a constant source of joy.  Unfortunately, with the sickness that she has, she doesn’t remember anything and she practically doesn’t recognize you, and that makes you sad.  But I remember the good things, such as in the last birthday party of my sister, when she pulled me up to dance, even though one of her knees was as fragile as glass.  I remember the good things, those images that will stay with me when she’s no longer here and I’m missing her.  I will be eternally grateful to her because thanks to her, we exist in this world.

What is the best thing Sergio Ramos has done for someone?

Well, I don’t like to boast about myself.  If I’ve done anything, it was because it came from the heart and because I’m like that.  If people want to talk about it, then they can talk about it.  I like to help out whenever I can and appreciate people as persons.  I’ve done many things for friends and family.  If it comes out, it’s going to be them who say it and not me.

And the best thing that you’ve done for someone that was unexpected?  Any positive surprises?

In general, if I’m grateful for anything, it’s the way that people have always treated me.  Realistically speaking, it’s easy to treat a footballer from Real Madrid, one that everyone knows, well.  But I’m happy with a hug, a smile, an invitation to drink coffee.  The small details are what define a person, not money or anything material.  That is what is worth the least in life.  Any surprise that your family can give you, such as when you arrive home and they’re waiting for you, are things that make me emotional.

How can you be – at the age of 24 – the second captain of Madrid?  You’re just a kid.  [Isn’t this due more to club policy – both on how captains are determined and FP’s policy of player turnover – than anything Sergio has done?]

It’s a lot of work, and dreaming that I will one day be captain of Real Madrid will compensate for everything I’ve gone through.  Right now, I’m happy to share my captainship with Iker.  There are a lot of people to thank for this, and one of them is our president Florentino Pérez, who placed his bets on me.  And not only that, one has to earn it and show that they have very clear ideas.  You have to feel, to know the history of this club.  I’ve been here six years, I’m the second captain and hopefully I will retire here.  That would be something unforgettable for me.

Iker spoke very highly of you.  He said that even though you’re young, you have many of the values that a captain should have.  What has Iker transmitted to you?

I have a fabulous relationship with Iker.  It’s true that we’ve always had a special friendship.  From the time that I began playing with the senior national team, both Raúl and Iker treated me very well.  They knew that I would sign with the club and the truth is that I’ve learned a lot from them.  I’ve learned from Raúl, Zizou, Beckham, Ronaldo, Roberto… but above all, from a canterano, such as Iker, who has worked hard for so many years to get to where he is now.  Being able to learn with the best goalkeeper in the world is good for both him and for me, when it comes time to learning how to manage a team, how to be the captain of a team like this one, how to be the only captain in the future… I’m lucky to be able to share this with him and hopefully we’ll be together for many years and this relationship will last.

What does a player do when he signs with Real Madrid?  What happened on Aug. 31, 2005?  What did you do?

I was called up with the national team.  I had my toilet kit, my computer and my football boots in my suitcase, since usually with the national team you train, play the game and return home.  And it happened that that day I didn’t go home.  I signed the contract at 23:30h in Las Rozas, knowing that the transfer window finished at 00h.  And when I signed, I couldn’t believe it.  I started receiving thousands of texts; I think this was the time when I had the most messages on my phone.  It was a step forward and a big responsibility, a tremendous change.  And if I’m still a kid now, I was even more so back then.  And I didn’t have any experience… You wake up as a Sevilla player and you go to bed as a Real Madrid footballer.  And knowing that you’re going to share a locker room with the likes of Raúl, Beckham, Zizou, Iker, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, who were my idols, well your world is turned upside down.  And then you have two options: knowing that you’ve signed with Madrid and so you’ve already accomplished everything, or accepting the reality, which is to think that you haven’t done anything and that you have to show everyone what you’re worth.

Did you sleep that night?

No, I slept very little, my brother can attest to that.  Obviously, my family stayed up celebrating, but I tried to get some rest because I knew that things should go back to normal.  If I did sleep, it was only for one hour, and even that would be exaggerating.

Have you changed a lot since your arrival in Madrid in 2005 up to now, 2011?

In general, I believe that people change for many reasons as time passes, for things that happen to you, for mistakes you make or titles you win, for experience, family reasons… it’s a accumulation of many factors on both the professional and personal levels.  I believe I’m more mature now, with more experience, clearer ideas, which is good for me.  It helps me.

You appear to be a serene, tranquil man, but inside the locker room you’re the life of the party.  What is the best thing that has happened to you there?

Well, I don’t like to tell anecdotes, but it’s true that people have a perception of you that is contrary to the reality.  In my case, it’s like that.  Anyone on the team or the national team can tell you that I’m the first one to play music, to tell jokes and the first to take jokes as well.  You have to be able to give them and take them.

Even if the joke makes you uncomfortable.

Yes, of course, there are a lot of those.  Right now, boots are disappearing in the locker room.  It happened to Iker and a week later one of my boots went missing.  I believe that joking around like that helps everyone to get on the same level and it unites us, and I even believe that this is necessary for us to play better and win titles.  There has to be a good atmosphere in the locker room, even if we’re from different places, with different cultures and religions.  In the end, we’re all here to defend the colors and crest of this club and to win titles, which is what we all want.  So we want to have fun, to laugh and create a good atmosphere.  I could tell you a million different stories but I’d rather it be my teammates who tell you. They’ll have a lot about me.

Two weeks ago, Mourinho was sitting where you are now, and he said that this team would not disappoint.  What has Mourinho brought to this team?

He’s brought a lot.  I’m not the only one who believes this, you can ask other players, coaches, the physios… he treats everyone well.  He’s brought us stability and a balance that we didn’t have.  On the personal level, there’s nothing you can do but learn from a coach like Mou; if you look at his curriculum, it tells you everything you need to know.  Personally, he’s a very direct and honest person with everyone.  I’m happy to have him here and to be able to learn many things from him.  If we have clear ideas, it’s from the work he’s done and the ideas he’s transmitted and instilled in us, which is to take the same path together and be honest in our work.

Today everyone is talking about the Champions League match, saying we deserved a better result.  There’s no room for error in the second leg against Lyon in the Bernabéu.

No, we’re obligated to pass this round.  It was a shame that we ended up tying after the game we had, but we just weren’t able to win there.  With 10 minutes left, we were well-positioned for the second leg, but then they tied.  When the game ended, a lot of things went through my mind.  But there’s no need to be negative and it’s very important that we scored a goal there.  And we have to think about the 12th man, the Bernabéu factor.  We have to talk on the field and bring joy to us and to our fans.

And what do you expect from the Bernabéu on that day, in the second leg of the round of 16 against Lyon?

I believe that they’re accustomed to seeing us in the Champions, and they’re excited not only about the Copa del Rey and the Liga, but also the Champions.  When you see the Bernabéu during a Champions game, there’s an entirely different atmosphere.  It’s because the fans want La Décima, and they also want us to shine on the world level, not just domestically.  I have a lot of faith in our fans.  It will be a great night and the fans deserve for their team to go through, and they will be our secret weapon on the field.

Mou said that when he passes by Cibeles, he looks at it out of the corner of his eye, wanting to be there, even though he doesn’t like celebrating, though he does like to see his players celebrating.  Iker says he dreams of climbing up Cibeles and that he knows it’s important for the team to be there this season.  What goes through your mind when you go down Castellana and pass by Cibeles?

Many feelings.  I won my first titles with Real Madrid and I have great memories of being at Cibeles, looking to the right and seeing the Castellana, towards the Puerta del Sol and then towards Atocha, all full of people.  It’s priceless.  There’s nothing like what football makes people feel, especially our team and our fans.  Each time I pass by, I glance at Cibeles with, as the míster says, a lot of desire to return.  But you have to do things very well for this to come true.  And I believe that if we continue on this path, with humility, a good attitude, a belief in ourselves and hope, we will be able to climb Cibeles at the end of the season.

Hopefully there is no end to Sergio’s boulevard of dreams, because you deserve to have a lot more dreams come true.
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54 Comments leave one →
  1. La Pirata permalink
    March 3, 2011 15:57

    Thanks for this translation, Una. A really fascinating interview!

  2. IsaBella permalink
    March 3, 2011 16:14

    Una: you are truly amazing, you know that? I read and watched this interview in Spanish right after it was broadcast on RMTV, but THANK YOU for all the effort you put in translating it. I’m sure you have just made a lot of readers very happy 🙂

  3. miya permalink
    March 3, 2011 16:25

    thank you for translating, really love this!

  4. Eliza permalink
    March 3, 2011 16:34

    GOD! Una you’re brilliant! I can’t describe how lucky madridistas who don’t speak Spanish are. THANK YOU isn’t enough for describing how much I love reading your blog. It’s just brilliant!

  5. March 3, 2011 16:51

    The story where his bother and father forgot him in the training ground is so funny, but sure it was scary for poor little Sergio!
    I like that they play jokes in the locker-room.
    This was a great interview, the next one will be Pipita and I am looking forward to it!

  6. Giedre permalink
    March 3, 2011 16:58

    Thanks for the translation, you did a really good job.
    I listened to it in spanish, and there were definitely a couple of parts that I missed.
    I feel like the interview was very genuine and reminds me of why I respect Sergio so much.

  7. Margie permalink
    March 3, 2011 17:08

    Thank you so much!!
    I’ve always loved how Sergio loves flamenco.
    “un tío superalegre” – haha, I never doubted that you are a very happy person, Sergio.
    *goes to read the rest*

  8. San Francisco Madridista permalink
    March 3, 2011 17:24

    This show is GREAT! Even though players aren’t given press conferences any more, at least we get this!

    Also Una, thank you for translating the entire interview!!! You make being an English-speaking fan of Real Madrid soooo much easier! You’re the best!!

    Hala Madrid!

  9. Deisi permalink
    March 3, 2011 17:44

    Thank you so much for doing this! 😀

  10. Amy permalink
    March 3, 2011 17:50

    THANK YOU, Una!!!!!!!!!! Oh thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!

  11. Lisa C. Madridista permalink
    March 3, 2011 18:09

    Hi Una, a big shout out to you…thank you for taking the time to translate Sergio s’ interview,
    I appreciate this Blog so much, I love this team and it can be difficult understanding all that goes on when you don’t speak Spanish. It’s nice to read about the “Real Ramos” not just the footballer…I adore Sergioღ

  12. canederli permalink
    March 3, 2011 18:15

    Thank you soooooo much for this fantastic translation, una! You are truly amazing. (We gave you a shout out on our blog for this) The interview is wonderful. The small bit that they had on the Real Madrid website didn’t give very much insight but this just paints such a lovely picture of Sergio, doesn’t it? Again, thank you. If it wasn’t for you, we’d all be flailing in the dark!

  13. Hala_Madrid permalink
    March 3, 2011 18:18

    He’s so hot. I can’t help to stop and stare at the screen for a long time lol
    Thank you UNA you’re the best!!!

  14. Eva permalink
    March 3, 2011 19:23

    I haven’t even read the entire interview yet, but I have scrolled down to see how long it is and Bravo Una! That was a lot of work, thanks for going to the effort for your readers. We appreciate it!

  15. Vanessa G permalink
    March 3, 2011 20:21

    I nearly fell over when he said he use to spy on couples kissing, too cute! I love that he is so close with his family, I have the same relationship with my niece at that age they have their Tía’s and Tío’s wrapped around their fingers.

    I hope the world see’s this side of him because he seems to be pretty awesome!

    Thank you for the translation 🙂

  16. March 3, 2011 20:49

    Why is Iker’s witness his brother Unai?

  17. March 3, 2011 21:01

    ‘I dedicate myself to my family and my Daniela’
    ‘I’m a very straightforward person, sincere, friend of my friends, family-oriented…’
    Cue the squealing fangirls…

  18. March 3, 2011 21:43

    Oh wow! 😮
    You did an amazing job! Thank you so much for spending so much time to translate this huge interview!♥

  19. Maddi permalink
    March 3, 2011 22:00

    Thank you SO much for translating!!!!! This was amazing!!! I love the questions that realmadrid.com asks. They really help you get to know the player as a person. And I am just in love with Sergio right now. He seems so perfect and sensitive, but still with a funny side to him. And I think he should leave his hair this way, it looks so soft and shiny without all of the gel.

    I can’t wait for Pipita’s interview!!! Sometimes I feel like he is the most underrated player at RM…

  20. Ros permalink
    March 3, 2011 23:00

    Thank you again for the translation. I am sure these take lots of work, and your dedication is appreciated. 🙂

  21. Evita permalink
    March 4, 2011 00:53

    I so so want to touch him inappropriately!

  22. March 4, 2011 00:57

    “Although my brother and my father will be jealous, my weakness is my sister Miriam. She’s the only girl in the family and I love her a lot. I get emotional just talking about her.”
    “… I dedicate myself to my family and my Daniela.”
    “The small details are what define a person, not money or anything material. That is what is worth the least in life. ”

    I know you guys all think Xabi Alonso is perfect, but does it get any better than this?
    Thanks for translating this, Una!!

  23. Fatima permalink
    March 4, 2011 01:27

    Amazing interview and Una you are just great. Thank you so much for the translation and for the time you spent translating it:)

  24. Debsen permalink
    March 4, 2011 01:40

    Love the interview! Is there a link on the La Roja page? I think a lot of National Team followers would love to read this! Thanks for the translation Una.

  25. ab8623 permalink
    March 4, 2011 04:29

    Great blog. I am an english (and non spanish) speaking Madridista, and this blog is great.
    Thanks and keep up the Madridista spirit.

  26. Quarrymen permalink
    March 4, 2011 07:06

    Oh Sergio… this was such a sweet interview! how cheesy is the photo in the mirror though?!

    • March 7, 2011 19:55

      and that sweater is not very manly…

      • Margie permalink
        March 8, 2011 14:12

        I like guys who wear “un-manly”clothes, because I don’t think they’re unmanly. Pink and purple should not be “discriminated against” by guys, in my opinion, lol.
        (oh, actually it looks blue, not purple…)

  27. nicole permalink
    March 4, 2011 09:11

    un tío superalegre and rondo what is the meaning-

    also why isn’t many of the questions you have here on the real videos of the interview-

    • March 4, 2011 10:44

      I followed the video to translate this interview, so all the questions are there.

      • nicole permalink
        March 4, 2011 15:18

        okay can..my bad..what is the meaning of these words i asked about- thanks for taking the time to translate.much appreciated:)

        • nicole permalink
          March 6, 2011 01:00

          thank you everyone for helping me to understand:)
          where i’m from we call it monkey and i used to love playing it when i was younger.

    • Margie permalink
      March 4, 2011 13:33

      un tío superalegre = a super happy guy
      rondo = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_Away

    • March 4, 2011 16:28

      Super alegre is like saying Really happy guy. Rondo probably means little fight in the context of the sentence. Rondo is an ancient dance form and also a musical style. It’s related to the term ‘going around’. Una – any further thoughts on translating rondo?

      • March 4, 2011 16:35

        “Rondo” is a football drill that they do in practice and before games, where there is one player inside a circle and he has to try and get the ball away from those on the outside as they pass it around. I kept it in Spanish because the English translation would require at least ten words.

      • Michelle permalink
        March 5, 2011 05:59

        Yep, a rondo is a classic football drill used by pretty much every team, and the concept is common in many other sports too. English journalists usually translate it as “piggy-in-the-middle”. When I was growing up in Asia we called it “monkey”; in the US I’ve mostly heard it called “monkey-in-the-middle” or “keepaway”.

        Hope that helps…

  28. ulong permalink
    March 4, 2011 10:07

    wonderful!
    he’s a humble, nice, down to earth person. just like Iker.
    and I love the way he talked about his family, his parents and his siblings.
    it’s obvious that he’s truly adore them.

  29. superfan permalink
    March 4, 2011 11:47

    Thank you so much for translating, Una! 🙂 You’re simply the best. And the dog anecdote is really funny.

  30. March 4, 2011 12:47

    THANK YOU UnaMadridista, you are so awesome!!!! Thanks for the wonderful translation.

    I can’t get over the make up they put on him, but besides that: a perfect thing to read on Friday for members of Serhio Ramo Real Madri Playa’s pena!!!! ;-)))

    Adorbs!

    • IsaBella permalink
      March 4, 2011 21:20

      ‘Serhio Ramo Real Madri Playa’s pena!!!!’ – I have just joined virtually 😀

  31. suzanne permalink
    March 4, 2011 15:46

    Thank you, thank you, a hundred million times thank you. I wish I could wrap up Iker and gift him to you for all the hard work you do. You have my undying love and appreciation for helping this non-spanish speaking madridista fall further in love with her favorite team. I don’t know what I’d do without. Before last season I was wondering through many blogs on our team, but now I only go to this one. You are perfection!!

    On to Sergio. I find it funny that he thinks he puts off this air that he is a “cold” person. With all of the charity work he does and what a goof ball he is, esp coming from his national teammates, I’d never describe him as cold. The story of him after Sevilla practice…I laughed, but was sad for little Sergio at the same time! He is such a great person, no wonder I love him so much!!

  32. Ang permalink
    March 5, 2011 01:44

    *lmao* u know that actually happen to me once or twice … the whole thing of no1 picking u up after practice… thank god i had one of my best friends with me… both times…. POOR SERGIO!!!!!

    THANX UNA!!!!

    I ❤ SERGIO RAMOS MORE NOW!!!!

  33. noelle permalink
    March 5, 2011 02:31

    omg, just when i thought i couldnt love this man anymore =) he’s amazing! he’s so well spoken and just so sweet and caring, im in love hehehe….. i could listen to him speak all day long ❤ …. thanks for translating!

  34. Michelle permalink
    March 5, 2011 06:01

    Sergio is looking increasingly pijo lately with all these buttondowns and v-neck sweaters! My personal theory is that Xabi Alonso and Esteban Granero took him shopping and did a wardrobe makeover. I approve. *thumbsup!*

  35. Andy permalink
    March 5, 2011 10:25

    Thank you. These translations are simply AWESOME. Hopefully RealHiguain is on here soon.

  36. Edom permalink
    May 13, 2011 19:23

    I love u ramos y wont u marry me ?? And thank u una for the translation keep up the good work

  37. Angel permalink
    September 9, 2012 12:27

    Thanks for the translation una.Sergio Ramos muahh!,i love people who dont forget their root cos they are rich orfamous.Hope the next time you visit Africa,it will be Nigeria.

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