Landmine victims interview Sergio Ramos

As part of its work with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UEFA gave landmine victims in Afghanistan the chance to interview Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.


This year, Sergio Ramos is presenting a special €100,000 cheque on behalf of UEFA to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He was given the honour after receiving the most votes in the Team of the Year poll for 2016.

In a moving exchange, the Real Madrid captain generously gave ICRC players in Kabul insights into his football philosophy, sharing precious pieces of advice with them.

Kabul: Who was your inspiration to become a great player?

Sergio Ramos: Well, it's true that when I started out, I was more a fan of attacking players, and one in particular: the Brazilian Ronaldo, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima. Another of my idols was Claudio Caniggia, an Argentinian forward with long hair, who I liked a lot. It's because of him that I started to grow my hair long!

Sergio Ramos exchanges with Kabul
Sergio Ramos exchanges with Kabul

Kabul: Hello Sergio Ramos, how can I become a great player?

Sergio: To become a great player, you've got to show real dedication and commitment to football, and you've got to be very humble and hard-working. And, above all, you've got to fight to make your dreams come true.

Kabul: Sergio Ramos, when you were my age, what dreams did you have?

Sergio: When I was your age, I dreamed of being a footballer and, like I said before, thanks to a great deal of hard work and dedication, I've been able to fulfil my dreams.