Phenomenal Sergio Ramos shows striker’s instinct for Real Madrid
When Real Madrid take on Celta Vigo in the return-leg of their Copa Del Rey quarter-final, the onus will be on high-flying defender Sergio Ramos to come up with the goods yet again to overturn the deficit.
The Merengues have work to do if they are to qualify for the semi-finals of the domestic cup competition after losing the first-leg 1-2 at home last Wednesday.
The Real Madrid captain has made last-minute strikes a habit of his in recent years, equalising in stoppage time to take their Champions League final against Atletico Madrid to extra time, eventually winning the match 4-1.
Earlier this season, the 30-year-old equalised again in stoppage time during their European Super Cup match against Sevilla, helping the club to eventually prevail 3-2.
And the centre-backs efforts upfront have only gone from strength to strength this season.
Ramos scored his fifth and sixth goals of the LaLiga season when first-half brace on Saturday condemned Malaga to a 2-1 defeat.
In doing so, the former Sevilla defender became the side’s second-highest goalscorer this season above the likes of Karim Benzema, Alvaro Morata and Gareth Bale.
More poignantly, Ramos has been Madrid’s best clinical player since the turn of the new year and has scored three times – more than any of his teammates – despite missing the first two matches of the year.
He then scored an own goal — and was subjected to a chorus of boos all night — at the same stadium three days later as that run came crashing to a halt when Sevilla sealed a dramatic 2-1 La Liga victory.
Ramos told reporters over the weekend: “I’m shocked the Sevilla president doesn’t publicly oppose their violent fans.”
Castro, though, has told Ramos to worry about his own club and says the Spain defender has “burnt his bridges” with Sevilla.
“He is an extraordinary player, who left a great club and is now at Real Madrid,” Castro is quoted as saying to Marca.
“But he has to dedicate himself to play at his club, and not to advise a president of a former club how he should behave.”
Castro added: “There were insults towards Sergio, but he has burnt his bridges.”