Today Goal.com focuses on the right-backs and assesses how the Brazilian and the Spaniard measure up...The next of our series of specials in the build-up to El Clasico focuses on the two individuals likely to fill the right-back positions. Daniel Alves versus Sergio Ramos is a match-up of two of the best in their position in the world, one who plays from the right-back rather than at right-back and the other good both going forward and tracking back.
Sergio Ramos and Daniel Alves are synonymous with constant danger as they are great going forward down the right flank with strength. These two players are scarce in the world of football. Often the role of a right-back is undermined but these two wonderful and competitive players have changed the way the position of a right-back is perceived and are symbols of the change that has been brought about in major European teams as far as the role of a right-back is concerned.
Daniel Alves plays tirelessly and is known by the nickname of 'Moto GP' as he constantly runs up and down the right flank. The more advanced he is the better he plays. The Brazilian is like an SUV. He has also given more passes in the league - 985 in 978 minutes.
Spain international and World Cup-winner Sergio Ramos, who can also play as a centre-back, has consolidated his place at right-back for both la Furia Roja and Real Madrid. He was named the best in his position at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa and this season has become better at the back for Madrid. Ramos controls the ball well and has a remarkable statistic of stealing 103 passes in 855 minutes - once in every eight minutes. It is the best average in La Liga and is a punch in the face for those who say that he cannot defend.
It is almost impossible to choose between Alves and Ramos. Both are towering figures for their team (metaphorically speaking) and are very destructive down the wings. If the right side of the football pitch were a kingdom, then Alves and Ramos would be its monarch.
| Daniel Alves
|| Sergio Ramos
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||9 games||9 starts||
|Cards||1 card||1 yellow
||2 cards||2 yellow||0 red|