SERGIO RAMOS may have been released by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season.
But the Spaniard, 37, proves he is still certainly in shape to play elite-level football.
Sergio Ramos showed off his new shredded physique during the 2020 lockdown
Sergio Ramos has packed on the pounds – in muscle – since this photoshoot, then aged 18
Ramos got himself into ridiculous shape after working tirelessly during lockdown
Because just like old team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, you can’t fault his commitment to keeping fit.
In 2020, during the height of the Covid pandemic and initial lockdown, Ramos shared a picture of himself looking absolutely shredded.
Hiking up his sorts – again like old pal Ronny – Ramos showed off his chiselled abs, bulging biceps, toned quads… and glorious beard.
But that took a lot of work, with the 180-cap Spain legend not always the ripped Adonis he is today.
After all, he looks completely unrecognisable from his naked photoshoot aged 18…
And Ramos claimed his time away from the pitch during lockdown helped him get into tip-top shape.
In April 2020 – then at Real Madrid – Ramos said: “I think I’m in better shape than before the quarantine.
“We gave so much importance to this situation that after losing our training routine in Valdebebas and also the games, we focused so much on our diet, our rest and obviously the individual work.
“I’m in better condition now than I usually am during the middle of the season.
“Then you are playing once every three days and you don’t have time to work, you only rest.
“We knew that this was going to be long but now we see the end of the tunnel and are relaxing a bit so that we don’t come back with too much muscle.”
Ramos won back-to-back Ligue 1 titles during his two years as Lionel Messi’s team-mate at PSG.
But he was let go when his contract expired – and has proven it difficult to find his next employer.
The centre-half was rejected by Sevilla as he was not needed back at his boyhood club while his wage demands put off Besiktas.
Ramos is understood to be keen to stay in Europe amid links with the MLS, Saudi Arabia and Brazil.
But the lure of reuniting with Messi at Inter Miami could see Ramos head Stateside after all.
Sergio Ramos looks almost unrecognisable from his early days
SplashHe spent two seasons with PSG and won the Ligue 1 title in both years[/caption]