Jamie Carragher has revealed his amazement at the criticism that Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos has received.
Ramos has been linked with a move to Manchester United following a spat with Madrid president Florentino Perez over a new contract at the Bernabeu.
The 29-year-old defender has a wealth of experience at the highest level but some Man United fans have stated that the club should be focusing on other targets instead.
Speaking on Talksport, Carragher spoke of his confusion regarding how Ramos is treated considering the fact that he is such a decorated player.
“I get a bit wound up by the criticism Ramos gets,” Carragher said.
“This is a fella who has won everything, he plays for one of the best clubs in the world and one of the best international sides we’ve ever seen.
“He is rash at times, he has moments of madness and does get overly emotional in games, that’s always been a problem for him, but let’s not forget that it’s a problem for Wayne Rooney as well. I’m not bothered about whether United sign him or not, or whether he’d be a good signing or not, but if he is not rated as one of the world’s best players, who is?
“I’ve heard callers say he hasn’t reacted well under pressure and he makes mistakes – what defender doesn’t make mistakes? If a team like Real Madrid could find a better defender, they would, but they don’t. Ramos plays every week, they win everything and people still chip away at him and criticise him.
“Top class centre-backs are a dying breed now, there’s very few now compared to years ago. If United don’t get Ramos, or don’t want to sign him, who else would they get?”
Ramos is certainly a world-class defender and any criticism that comes his way appears to be based on personal bias as opposed to an in-depth look at how he plays.
Carragher also makes an excellent point; top class centre-backs are a dying breed and if there is a chance that United could sign Ramos, it should be a no-brainer.