Sergio Ramos once made Barcelona La Liga champions with a goal against Real Madrid
He would go on to embody the club and become ‘Mister Real Madrid’, but in 2005, 19-year-old Sevilla defender Sergio Ramos faced his future club at the end of the La Liga season.
David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane held together as Sevilla lined up a free-kick. It was a two-man wall offering maximum star power but minimum defensive solidity.
Blow. The ball was handed to a fresh-faced centre-back who launched a diving shot over 30 yards. The ball went past his future manager, Zidane, and into the corner of the net.
Cue wild celebrations and Florentino Perez sat somewhere thinking, ‘Who is this guy? I better sign it. Probably.
Ramos is reportedly going to Madrid this summer for €27m, a record fee for a Spanish defender. It turned out to be a bargain as years of goals, trophies, arrogance, glory – and plenty of red cards – followed.
But Ramos’ latest goal for his boyhood club Sevilla seriously hurt the side he once captained, while helping Barcelona.
A Real side packed with Galacticos featuring Raul, Roberto Carlos, Brazilian Ronaldo, Michael Owen and – bizarrely – Thomas Gravesen needed to win to keep their La Liga title hopes alive.
All seemed well when Real equalized and then took the lead with a thunderous shot from their inspiring genius in midfield Gravesen.
Not really, it was Zidane. Of course, it was Zidane.
But disaster struck when Julio “The Beast” Baptista equalized in the 89th minute. The 2-2 draw confirmed the title went to Barcelona, meaning two future Real players had cost the club any chance of nabbing their arch-rivals.
It’s safe to say that Real fans probably forgave Ramos over the next 16 years, given his many crucial goals and his status as an all-time club legend. But he had an antagonistic relationship with the supporters of his former club Sevilla.
Did Sergio Ramos liquidate opposition supporters? Yes, we are absolutely as shocked as you are.
However, he was a Sevilla hero in 2005, when his goal stunned his future club, future team-mates and future boss, delivering a result that confirmed the La Liga title was headed for Catalonia.