Sergio Ramos is ‘delighted’ to have assumed penalty-taking responsibilities at Real Madrid this season as he targets a record goal return.
The Real captain took over spot-kick duties from Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese star moved to Juventus last summer.
Ramos has already scored 10 goals this season – equalling his previous best return for a single campaign – and seven of those have been penalties.
He started out by scoring from 12 yards in the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid and has since converted against Girona, Leganes, Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga, plus Leganes and Girona in the Copa del Rey.
And as Real prepare to face rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-finals this week, Ramos is revelling in the additional responsibility – even if he doesn’t want to offend by doing a ‘Panenka’.
‘I’ve taken on the role after Cristiano’s departure and I’m delighted to do so,’ Ramos told Antena 3.
‘It [the ‘Panenka’] is a way to take them, but I never want to offend a colleague.’
The Copa Clasico first leg takes place at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night, before Real visit their neighbours Atletico in the league on Saturday.
The reigning European champions then pick up their Champions League campaign with a visit to Ajax in the last-16.
The return leg against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu is on February 27, before a league meeting between the sides on March 2.