Sergio Ramos is poised to become the 30th player to make 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
The Real Madrid defender brought up match No99 in the 2-1 comeback win at Bayern München last Wednesday. Barring injury, the 30-year-old Merengues captain will now achieve the milestone in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg.
Ironically, Ramos had endured an inauspicious introduction to the competition after joining Madrid from Sevilla, losing 3-0 at Lyon on his debut in September 2005. He was then sent off on his next outing a fortnight later!
After that false start he has enjoyed happier times, chief among them his goals in two final victories over Atlético Madrid. First, in 2014 in Lisbon, his 93rd-minute equaliser forced extra time, the Merengues going on to win 4-1.
In last season’s showpiece Ramos scored the opener in Milan, and though Atlético on this occasion took it to extra time, Madrid prevailed in the shoot-out. Ramos, of course, converted his penalty.
The centre-back cum right-back will become the fourth player to reach 100 UEFA Champions League appearances with Real Madrid, following Iker Casillas (150), Raúl González (130) and Roberto Carlos (107).
Sergio Ramos in the UEFA Champions League
1 own goal
3 red cards
30 yellow cards
Welcome to the club, Sergio …