Madridistas had two great reasons to celebrate last night’s win at El Sadar. Firstly, they successfully brushed aside a determined Osasuna side &  second, their beloved Capitan made his 500th appearance for the club. At 30, he has done everything possible for the Royals & the Bernabeu faithful have nothing but love & respect for him.

Captain Dearest

September 8th, 2005: A 19-year-old was unveiled as a Real Madrid player by  Alfredo Di Stefano in front of the world. 12 years has passed since and that skinny kid from Seville now leads the biggest club in world football. In his first season with Los Blancos, he made 40(33 Liga + 7 UCL) appearances. And the world knew ‘the kid’ wasn’t there to warm the benches. He netted 4 goals that season and considering where he played(Right Back then), it was a commendable feat. But there was also something alarming about the way he played. As a right back his first instinct is trying to stick with the attacker and if the attacker manages to get past him he looks to dispossess his opponent by going for a final tackle. And that has been his predominant flaw throughout. Miss and you award a penalty to the opposition and risk seeing a card. Ramos has been world-class for most of his career but due to his combustible character, he’s prone to such errors.

As years passed, he’s moved to a more central role & excelled at it. His 500 appearances for the 11  time UCL champions speaks highly about his growth as a player. As a Captain, he’s a big influence in the dressing room. He leads from the front & is always there when his comrades need him. His 93rd-minute equaliser against Atletico Madrid at Lisbon will go down as his & the club’s one of the most crucial goals. The Goal which made ‘La Decima’ Possible. When asked about his relationship with his captain, Marcelo admits Ramos is like a brother to him. “For me, his best quality is that he never gives up, and few have that” he added.

Naturally, Ramos was ecstatic on reaching this milestone & he took to his Twitter handle to express his joy and gratitude.

Stats & Accolades

Goals: 66
Assists: 35
Yellow Cards: 173
Red Cards: 21
UEFA Champions Leagues: 2
La Liga Titles: 3
Copa Del Rey: 2
Club World Cup: 2
UEFA Super Cup: 2
Spanish Super Cup: 2

Credits: Squawka

Sergio Ramos isn’t just an ordinary player. He is a captain, a leader, someone who never backs down. And every team would love to have such a character leading them from the front. And there are very few players as effective as Ramos when your team needs a goal & you are heading into injury time.

Here’s to another 500, Sergio.