Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos is without doubt one of the best defenders in the history of football, though there are many who dislike him for his antics on the field, with the Spaniard known to give everything in order to win.
Ramos was at it again in what was his 600th appearances for the Los Blancos, with the defender picking up a yellow card after clattering into Ajax strike Kasper Dolberg in the 87th minute, which was the 38th time in the competition that he has been booked.
Going into the tie, he was one yellow card away from a European suspension and now former Arsenal legend Martin Keown has claimed that the Spaniard committed the foul on purpose in order to get booked.
This means that while he will miss the second leg, his accumulation of yellow cards will be swiped out in time for the quarter-finals. His actions led to some discussion on social networking site Twitter, with some fans criticising him, while some lauded his intelligence.
’87: Asensio puts Real ahead
’89: Sergio Ramos yellow, will miss second leg
“That is very obvious that he was looking to get booked there.”
Master of the Dark Arts? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/X6bfp6lKsb
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 13, 2019
Ramos could get an extra game ban here, like Carvajal last year. Don’t know why he admitted forcing that yellow to clear his record.
In the mixed zone: “Looking at the result, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t force it. It’s something I was thinking about.” https://t.co/Ics1tWmaJC
— Euan McTear (@emctear) February 13, 2019
Real Madrid now lead against Ajax, plus Sergio Ramos has just had the most obvious yellow card you’ll ever see..
— OLBG.com (@OLBG) February 13, 2019
Sergio Ramos took the yellow card on purpose so as to miss the next match and be ban free going into the next round. This is after Madrid MUST have finished off Ajax in Spain
— Mr ‘Jide Olusola (@Jide_Olusola) February 13, 2019
Sergio Ramos, the ultimate shithouse, needs a yellow card to sit out the 2nd leg an get himself clear for the quarters, 90th minute, flattens Dolberg an gets his yellow card
— Macca (@Macca26efc) February 13, 2019
Sergio Ramos: Real Madrid go 2-1 up with a smash and grab and, 30 seconds later with a home tie they should win, Ramos commits the most blatant foul you could imagine to get the yellow card that means he’s free for the quarter-finals. If there’s a boundary to push, he’ll do it.
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) February 13, 2019