Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has responded to Antoine Griezmann’s Ballon d’Or claims following Ramos comparing himself to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The comparison prompted Griezmann to ask if Ramos was even dining at the same table as Messi.
Ramos believes he is.
“Ignorance makes you very bold,” Ramos said at a news conference, according to ESPN FC.
“When I hear this guy talk, I think of the likes of Totti, Buffon, Maldini, Raul, Xavi, Iniesta, Iker, they’ve won a lot of titles at home and none of them won a Ballon d’Or.
“Everyone’s free to give their opinion. He needs to be advised by [Diego Simeone], [Diego] Godin, Koke and players like this and to get back to the values that suit them.”
Ramos reflected on Ronaldo’s time with the club.
“He marked a marvellous period for Real Madrid and he shattered practically all of the records here, but that’s in the past,” Ramos said. “We can’t live on what Cristiano did in the past. The hole he left is very big but it’s covered by others players with a lot of ambition and desire and we have a big squad to compete. We wish him the best, as always.
“He gave us a lot and took very little away. He was very direct, had lots of goals in him and we played more on the counter. Now, we have to adapt to another style. We have more possession and another way to hurt our opponents and that is what we have to exploit.”