Real Madrid – La Liga Brazilian wants Ramos to extend
The now retired Brazilian full back Cicinho played for both Real Madrid and Villarreal during his career, and with the two sides facing each other in LaLiga Santander on Saturday, the 40-year-old gave his thoughts on the main ongoings involving both clubs, as well as some insight into how he left Los Blancos.
Cicinho is now among Brazil’s most renowned commentators, but during his time with Real Madrid, personal problems off the field affected his consistency and his spell didn’t end up how he had hoped, although he values the experience.
I regret leaving Real Madrid. I should have been more professional and put in more effort on the pitch.”
“I was very happy when I played for Real Madrid. I fulfilled a dream,” he told Radio MARCA. “I never worried about becoming a Real Madrid star, just to play football. But I had problems and ended up losing my taste for playing. “I regret leaving Real Madrid. I should have been more professional and put in more effort on the pitch.”
Cicinho then gave some advice to a fellow countryman of his who receives a fair share of criticism despite his tender years. “My advice to Vinicius is to work hard. He’s in the best team in the world,” he said. Sergio Ramos and the matter of his contract is the talk of Real Madrid at the moment, and Cicinho is hopeful that the captain will put pen-to-paper eventually. “Sergio Ramos should continue at Real Madrid, he has become a father figure for this team and is an incredible player. He must get an extension,” Cicinho staid.
Cicinho named the two players who most influenced him during time, and both are still fundamental components of the current side. “I learned a lot from [Zinedine] Zidane and Sergio Ramos. They are great people and football legends,” he said. “Adapting to the dressing room was not difficult, it was difficult to play. There were many great players. In the dressing room we laughed a lot and we were friends.”