Who is Sergio Ballesteros?
Sergio Ballesteros is in the eye of the hurricane for his attack on Xabi Alonso in the league game that his team played against Real Madrid last Sunday. A riff-raffe that is not the first to star in the Valencian central, always in the spotlight for his defensive voracity, that sometimes exceeds the limits.
For those who do not know it in depth, Ballesteros was born in the town of Burjassot, adjacent to Valencia already 38 years. His first steps were taken in the Levante, club with which he debuted in Second Division B, until a Copa del Rey tie caught the attention of then-Tenerife manager Jupp Heyneckes, who took him to the island for four seasons.
In the Canary Islands the real Ballesteros began to be seen. Overwhelming, man of character and tough, very hard sometimes, no matter how much he insists that he does not do more than one foul per game, the Valencian central was involved in several troubles. One of them even ended up with a fan trying to attack him with a traffic signal due to his lack of involvement in the team, with which however he came to dispute more than 100 matches as a starter.
Globetrotter football, his next stop would be in season 2000 Rayo Vallecano, club where he followed the wake of kicks and expulsions, those that have made him see 11 red cards on your career, being the 13th most sent off player in the League.
Players with the most expulsions:
1 – Xavier Aguado 18
2 -Pablo Alfaro 18
3 – Juanito 17
4 -Patxi Salinas 15
5 -Fernando Hierro 14
9 – Carlos Marchena 12
11 – Amedeo Carboni 12
12 – Sergio Ramos 11
13 – Sergio Ballesteros 11
Ephemeral step the one he had in Vallecas, since the next stop was only a year later in Villarreal. With the yellow set, he was once again a firm pillar in defense. Dominator of the aerial game, his hard side was “growing” like his hatred of Real Madrid, with whom he began to have the first setbacks.
Problems that aggravated during your stay in Mallorca, where he injured David Beckham after a terrible assault. His sympathy was also suffered by another tough but noble guy like Carles Puyol, to which Ballesteros attacked a slap with the consequent expulsion.
An aperitif, but nevertheless, of what I would do in the Levante. As “a leftover” arrived at the granota set, but it soon became a reference, especially when the team got promotion to First. In the highest category, and with age sapping his resistance (not your strength), Ballesteros became the head of Levante, and also from the League thanks to his controversial behavior.
In January 2011, after a cup match, Ballesteros was already involved in a brawl with José Mourinho and his assistant, Silvino Louro, in the changing room tunnel. The center-back faced the Portuguese coach at half-time, Louro got in the way and the thing ended with fists. It happened that Ballesteros was not even summoned for that match.
Months later, Levante and Real Madrid saw each other on the fourth day of the League 2011-2012. It was a rough game, with numerous clashes and that ended with the expulsion of Khedira after a push to Ballesteros. After the game, several Real Madrid players complained about the continuous provocations of the Levante central defender.
This season began by sweeping. Slow, and something heavy (there is little left of that sprint won from Cristiano Ronaldo), in the day 8 he had to stop because he had already seen the five yellow warnings. The last straw this past Sunday. After hitting Xabi Alonso from behind in a direct red action, entered the locker room tunnel again, and attacked another “santo”, Pepe, yes, previous punch of the luso. Hunger with the desire to eat, thank goodness there was a “Angel” in the middle: Mr. David Navarro, but that character deserves separate treatment.
A shame for one of the most professional footballers the League has had.