The Real Champs brings you its own awards for Real Madrid for the year 2020.
Real Madrid wrapped up a successful 2020 with a draw against Elche that ended their six-match winning streak. Yeah, that has been the story of Real Madrid’s 2020 – achieving disappointing results against relatively easier teams while making it look as simple as it gets against the tougher opponents (not always but yeah, I hope you get my point).
We, at The Real Champs, have come up with our own set of awards as we recollect the performances of the best players over the year, hoping that they can continue in the same vein. Since Thibaut Courtois had little to no competition (especially in 2020-21, where he has started all games), there is no award for the best goalkeeper.
Here are the awards for the Real Madrid players:
Best Defender: Sergio Ramos
Was there any doubt about that? Sergio Ramos is one of the best defenders in the world and he remains at the top of his game due to his unerring consistency, displaying the same solidity even at the age of 34.
In 2020, he was probably the best centre-back in the world, so it comes as no surprise that the club captain wins the award for the Best Defender. His leadership was vital to Real Madrid securing two trophies – Spanish Super Cup and La Liga – while his goalscoring contributions ensured that the team never failed to achieve an important result.
His as-cool-as-ice demeanor on the pitch was crucial to the team’s success, and the team’s struggles whenever he missed out a game were apparent, hence showing just how important the captain is to the team’s fortunes.
At 34 (he will turn 35 in March), he is still going strong. While the entire team deserves credit for their turnaround from a sticky situation at the end of November, Sergio Ramos’ return to the team helped ease off the pressure and his presence in the backline is definitely reassuring to the other defenders.
The fact that he traveled with the team to Manchester in the all-important UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg inspite of being suspended shows that his importance to the team lies beyond the pitch as well, and he is a real leader. There were numerous occasions when he would motivate the dressing room with his pep talks and raise the spirits of all the players, the most recent time being during the ‘crisis’ the club found itself in November.