Arguably the world’s greatest ever defender- Paolo Maldini- thinks Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos has what it takes to be the best in the business.
Former AC Milan and Italy skipper Maldini thinks that his old coach, Carlo Ancelotti, will be able to iron out the few flaws in Ramos’ game.
And when he does, the Spanish international defender will usurp PSG and Brazil stopper Thiago Silva as the best central defender in football.
“Sergio Ramos has everything to become the best defender in the world, if he is not already,” living legend Maldini told Marca.
“He is very close, together with Thiago Silva, but he must perfect some things to be the undisputed number one.
“He must be ambitious and work more in his head, because on the physical and technical sides he already has plenty.
“I am sure that Carlo Ancelotti will be a big help for him in putting the final touches to this. He can play in various positions at the back, centre-half and full-back, but to be the best centre-half he must always play a perfect game. Always.”
Meanwhile, in his former mentor Ancelotti, Maldini says Los Blancos have hired a habitual winner.
And he thinks that if Ancelotti can find a way to circumvent the club’s notorious impatience, he will build a legacy of success at the Bernabeu.
“Carlo has always triumphed everywhere he has gone,” he said.
“Unlike at PSG, he does not now have to change the squad’s mentality, to start from zero with his philosophy. At Madrid that is all already there -- the only thing he must do is win.
“There will not be much patience, in the same way as at Milan. I am sure he knows that himself. He knows the culture of a winning team, which always looks for success while playing well. He has shown that in England, Italy and France, something that not all coaches can say. There is no team that Carlo is not capable of commanding.”