Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has claimed that he has the attributes of a forward player, as he discussed his penalty-taking technique among other things in a wide-ranging interview on Spanish television on Monday night.
Ramos has scored ten goals already this season, seven of which have been penalties. The Spain captain is fond of the 'Panenka' technique, feathering the ball into the net with a delicate chip, but insists that he does not mean to mock the opposition by doing it.
"It is a way of expressing myself, I never think of offending or humiliating the opposition, and if anyone has been offended I apologise."
"There is a part of me that is a forward," he said. "It seems unfair that sometimes people only remember the goals. I've been fortunate to have been able to contribute with goals. People forget about the defensive work that one does and the team does to win a match."
Asked about moving into management after his career ends, Ramos was coy, insisting that his family would have to take precedence. On the same programme, Ramos announced that he will marry long-term partner Pilar Rubio - a contributor to El Hormiguero - with whom he has three children, in June.
"I do not consider the future, but I would like to enjoy my family much more. I dedicate myself to soccer almost all the hours of the day and I am rarely with the family," he said.
"I do not rule out being a coach and I would like to remain linked to the world of football when I retire.
"To be a leader and a captain is something similar, with all the respect to the great coaches who have not been footballers."
Ramos' Real Madrid face Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi final on Wednesday.