Adore him or hate him, he’ll find a way to ensure he’s centre of attention.
Sergio Ramos, the lovable rogue.
Everything about the wacky Spaniard last night reeked of Ramos; a masterful individual defensive display coupled with a cunning act of petulance.
Ramos pretty much single-handedly kept Ajax mostly at bay in the Netherlands last night, making several crucial interventions to ensure Real Madrid take a 2-1 advantage into the second leg.
He thinks outside the box too.
As the game crept towards injury time in the 89th minute, Ramos, fully aware he was a caution away from a one-match suspension, hacked down Kasper Dolberg to earn a blatant yellow card.
He will miss the second leg at the Bernabeu but, with Real in a commanding position in the tie, crucially wipes the slate clean should the reigning champions – as expected – reach the quarter-finals.
Asked whether the act was deliberate, the Spaniard said: “Looking at the result, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t force [the booking].
“It is not to underestimate the opponent nor to think that the series is over, but in football you have to make tough decisions.”
The master of the dark arts strikes again.
Who’s ready for a Real v Liverpool rematch in the quarter-finals then with a fully fresh Ramos raring to go?
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