Spain team captain Sergio Ramos claims the boos from fans at Wembley during the England match didn’t have any influence on his game.
Ramos was criticised for injuring Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final earlier this year. He had tackled Salah in a challenge that resulted in the Egyptian’s injury and eventual substitution from the game.
After that match, Ramos was painted as the villain by much of the English press. Then during Saturday evening’s Nations League match, he received jeers from fans everytime that he touched the ball.
The centre-back spoke out after the game, reminding fans and the press of the negative coverage and death threats that he and his family had endured.
“I try to escape them but it does not influence my game,” said Ramos.
“Of course I would have liked another reception, because everyone remembers a single moment in the final, but not the death threats that my family has received.”
Spain now faces Croatia on Tuesday for their next Nations League match, where Ramos will face fellow Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric. But, the Spaniard is upbeat about his colleague and the Croatian’s recent recognition.
“There are few players that I am as proud of as Luka Modric,” he said. “He merited being named FIFA’s The Best – I was as happy for him as if they had given it to me.”