Hasta el final, vamos Real” (“Keep going to the end, Real”) is a popular chant at the Santiago Bernabeu, where there is one Real Madrid player in particular who seems to have adopted the slogan as his own.
The final of the 2014 UEFA Champions League, the final of the 2016 UEFA Super Cup, the recent clásico against Barcelona and last Saturday’s league match against Deportivo La Coruna all have one thing in common: Sergio Ramos scored a stoppage-time goal on each occasion to save the day for Los Blancos.
Club America of Mexico, who face the European champions in the second round of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 on Thursday, have been warned. They have no excuse for not keeping a very close eye on the centre-half should he be prowling their penalty box in injury time.
Ramos and his team-mates have just made the trip to Yokohama for their tilt at a second FIFA Club World Cup crown, the first having come two years ago in Morocco. “I’ve got great memories of that tournament,” he told FIFA.com in an exclusive interview. “It was my first Club World Cup and, having won la Décima (Real Madrid’s tenth European Cup/UEFA Champions League title), it was a great challenge, both collectively and individually.”
He added: “I remember so many good things about that competition. I scored in the semis and the final and they gave me the Golden Ball. When you win the title, though, it’s just the icing on the cake.”