Every time Sergio Ramos’ name comes up in the same sentence with El Clasico tales of his horrible personality on the pitch whenever Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns almost always comes up but for the first time in a long while, the Spain international is associated with the positive side of the bitter clash.
On Wednesday marked his 43rd appearance in the fixture thus making him the player with the most El Clasicoappearances in history. The previous record was jointly held by Xavi and two other Madrid oldies: Manolo Sanchis and Paco Gento.
Ramos first appeared in the Clasico 14 years ago when his Madrid side faced a Ronaldinho led Barcelona. Thanks to the tricky Brazilian and with the help of Samuel Eto’o, the Catalans dispatch off their rivals with ease with the match ending 3-0 in favor of Barca.
Since that game Ramos has not missed one classic fixture and it is the reason why he would still extend the record given that he is far from retiring just yet.
The former Sevilla man also holds the record for the most red cards collected by a single player: five.
Having dialed down his aggression with age, the fighting spirit of the Madrid captain remains as alive as before. Only Pepe can be said to come close to matching the crude Spaniard. The Portuguese defender was at his absolute worse during Mourinho’s time.
Perhaps a little longevity at the club would have seen him surpass his partner in wickedness.
Given how players come and go nowadays, Sergio Ramos would be rest assured his record will stand for a very long time. The scenario where both players and club chiefs have little to no patience with each other is set to get worse over time.