Sergio Ramos - Defender, Real Madrid and Spain
This summer Eurosport is counting down the world's greatest footballers, as voted by our international network of journalists. We will reveal one player per day, culminating in the election of the first Ballon d'Eurosport on July 19.
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We are expecting eyebrows to be raised at this Sergio appearing above his undoubtedly more gifted namesake, Mr Aguero.
Blame Poland, who named him their 15th best player in the world (11 points).
Joking aside, we should remember that international football is a huge factor so – while Ramos may have had a relatively disappointing club season marred by in-fighting with Real Madrid colleagues – we must give him credit for continued good work with Spain.
In March he won his 100th senior cap, and while he may seem like a case of style over substance, it's hard to level that accusation at a man with one World Cup and two European Championship winner's medals to his name.
Strong in the air, technically sound on the deck and capable of playing as a full-back as well as centre-half, Ramos is one of the better defenders in Europe, albeit with a tendency to lose his discipline.
Now Jose Mourinho is gone, expect Ramos and his pals Iker Casillas and Pepe to have a more relaxed time in the dressing room, and an upsurge in form for the Spain stopper.
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How Eurosport voted
We asked the editorial teams of 10 countries/areas around the Eurosport network to compile their list of the world's 25 best players.
Then we did the sums, Eurovision-style. It's simple: a first-place vote is worth 25 points, second place is 24... all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.