When Edison Cavani and Neymar had an argument in the middle of a match for PSG two weeks ago over who would take a penalty, it sparked a lot of discussion and rumours that the two didn’t get along well and that Neymar was a disruptive influence in the French capital.
These rumours were put to bed the following week when both Neymar and Cavani went out of their way to celebrate with one another after they scored. That being said, there was clearly some issues present that allowed such a mess to happen in the first place.
Sergio Ramos claims such a rift would never take place at Real Madrid. On Monday evening after being confirmed as a nominee for the 2017 Ballon d’Or, the Spain and Real Madrid captain shared his thoughts on the controversial penalty argument at PSG:
“That kind of thing won’t happen at Madrid because everything is planned before the game. It is all organised and co-ordinated; Cristiano takes the penalties and if he isn’t, then I do. There is even a third designated taker before each game.”
In the same interview with France Football, Ramos declared his appreciation for manager Zinedine Zidane: “Diego Maradona once said, ‘it is white or black but never grey’ and that’s what it is like with Zidane.”
This clarity Zidane brings to his Real Madrid team must also be a contributing factor in why Ramos is so adamant that a controversial spat similar to that between Cavani and Neymar would never happen in the Spanish capital.