Sergio Ramos

Real Madrid

Ramos strikes again as Madrid prosper from Barca hangover

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos struck another late winner as the European champions usurped Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

Earlier, Barca boss Luis Enrique accepted his side had struggled to shrug off the euphoria of a remarkable Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain as the Spanish champions slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Deportivo la Coruna.

Champions League: Captain Fantástico Sergio Ramos Inspires Real Madrid To Victory Against Napoli (Video)

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Real Madrid progressed to their seventh successive Champions League quarter-final after coming from a goal downto beat Napoli 3-1 in Italy.

The La Liga giants came into the game already 3-1 up from the first leg but had captain Sergio Ramos to thank for yet another inspirational attacking display.

Ramos, Morata strike as Real crush Napoli hopes

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Captain Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata struck one apiece as 11-time winners Real Madrid secured a seventh successive Champions League quarter-final berth with a clinical 3-1 win over Napoli on Tuesday.

Real, who took a commanding 3-1 first leg lead at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, looked to be facing a tough night in Naples after Dries Mertens finished off a great attacking move to give the hosts a 24th minute lead.

Ramos, Morata strike as Real crush Napoli hopes

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Captain Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata struck one apiece as 11-time winners Real Madrid secured a seventh successive Champions League quarter-final berth with a clinical 3-1 win over Napoli on Tuesday.

Real, who took a commanding 3-1 first leg lead at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, looked to be facing a tough night in Naples after Dries Mertens finished off a great attacking move to give the hosts a 24th minute lead.

Real Madrid oust Napoli to reach Champions League quarters

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Dries Mertens scored at both ends as Real Madrid beat Napoli 3-1 at the San Paolo to cruise into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 6-2 aggregate success.

Belgian Mertens had given Napoli a 24th minute lead to halve the 3-1 deficit they had suffered in the last 16 first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu three weeks ago.

Real Madrid: Sergio Ramos Trades Shirt With Fan In Exchange For Tray Of Pork Covered In Lard (Photo & Video)

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One incredibly lucky Real Madrid fan left Sunday evening's win over Real Sociedad with Sergio Ramos' sweaty-infused shirt after making the centre-half an offer he couldn't possibly refuse.

The fan, seen above, held a banner aloft in the stands at the Bernabeu that read, "Sergio, if you give me your shirt, I'll give you a tray of lomo en manteca.

Rattled Real Madrid aim to halt sudden slump

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid host high-flying Real Sociedad on Sunday aiming to reverse an alarming dip in form that has seen Zinedine Zidane's seemingly unbeatable squad just two weeks ago fail to win in three of their last four matches.

The European champions bowed out of the Copa del Rey to Celta Vigo in midweek with a 2-2 draw at Balaidos not enough to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit.

Rattled Real Madrid aim to halt sudden slump

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid host high-flying Real Sociedad on Sunday aiming to reverse an alarming dip in form that has seen Zinedine Zidane's seemingly unbeatable squad just two weeks ago fail to win in three of their last four matches.

The European champions bowed out of the Copa del Rey to Celta Vigo in midweek with a 2-2 draw at Balaidos not enough to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit.

Lay off misfiring Ronaldo, Zidane tells Real Madrid fans

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Madrid (AFP) Zinedine Zidane urged Real Madrid's notoriously demanding fans to lay off Cristiano Ronaldo as the Real coach faces up to a mounting injury crisis on top of a congested fixture list.

Ronaldo was whistled as his sluggish start to 2017 continued with a wasteful display in front of goal as Madrid edged past Malaga 2-1 on Saturday thanks to two goals from captain Sergio Ramos.

Lay off misfiring Ronaldo, Zidane tells Real Madrid fans

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Madrid (AFP) Zinedine Zidane urged Real Madrid's notoriously demanding fans to lay off Cristiano Ronaldo as the Real coach faces up to a mounting injury crisis on top of a congested fixture list.

Ronaldo was whistled as his sluggish start to 2017 continued with a wasteful display in front of goal as Madrid edged past Malaga 2-1 on Saturday thanks to two goals from captain Sergio Ramos.

Ramos saves Real Madrid as fans target Ronaldo

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos struck twice within eight first-half minutes to get the European champions back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Madrid's 40-game unbeaten run had come to a crashing halt with back-to-back defeats to Sevilla and Celta Vigo in the past week, but after a nervy start Ramos ensured they opened up a four-point gap at the top of the table.

La Liga: Sergio Ramos Made An Effort To Compliment Jorge Sampaoli On His Testicles After Sevilla’s Win Over Real Madrid

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In his role as captain, Sergio Ramos remained magnanimous in defeat after Sevilla boshed Real Madrid in the final minute of Sunday's La Liga dust-up between the two sides.

Immediately after the final whistle, Ramos scuttledover to the home dugout, embraced Jorge Sampaoli and took the time to compliment the Rojiblancoscoach on his testicles.

Sevilla: Stevan Jovetic Quashes Real Madrid’s 40-Game Unbeaten Streak With Last Minute Stunner (Video)

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Despite only joining the clubon loan a few days ago, Stevan Jovetic has wasted little time winning Sevilla fans over with two goals in two games, and both against Real Madrid.

Jovetic came off the bench at half-time to score on his debut against Madrid in Thursday's 3-3 draw, then followed up with the winning goal in Sunday evening's equally dramatic league encounter at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Zidane proud as Real finally fall at 41st hurdle

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane urged his side to put their disappointment of a first defeat in 40 games behind them as Sevilla produced a remarkable late turnaround to breathe new life into the Spanish title race with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

Zidane's men looked set to extend their commanding lead at the top of the table when Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring at the Sanchez Pizjuan from the penalty spot midway through the second-half.

Late fightbacks part of Madrid’s DNA – Ramos

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Barcelona (AFP) A never say die approach is part of Real Madrid's DNA said captain Sergio Ramos after his stoppage time equalisermaintained a six-point La Liga lead over Barcelona with a 1-1 draw in El Clasico.

Ramos strode forward from defence to net another important goal after Luis Suarez's 53rd minute opener looked set to end Madrid's 32-game unbeaten run.

Late fightbacks part of Madrid’s DNA – Ramos

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Barcelona (AFP) A never say die approach is part of Real Madrid's DNA said captain Sergio Ramos after his stoppage time equalisermaintained a six-point La Liga lead over Barcelona with a 1-1 draw in El Clasico.

Ramos strode forward from defence to net another important goal after Luis Suarez's 53rd minute opener looked set to end Madrid's 32-game unbeaten run.

Ramos rescues Real to maintain six-point lead

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Barcelona (AFP) Sergio Ramos's stoppage-time equaliser maintained Real Madrid's six-point lead at the top of La Liga as the European champions salvaged a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in Saturday's El Clasico.

Luis Suarez looked to have breathed new life into the title race when he headed home the opener from Neymar's free-kick eight minutes into the second half.

Atletico seek Real revenge in last Calderon derby

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Madrid (AFP) Atletico Madrid host Real Madrid for the last time in La Liga at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday with the pain of a second Champions League final defeat in three years to their city rivals still fresh in the memory.

However, both sides have been troubled by severe injury problems with Atletico's top scorer Antoine Griezmann and Real captain Sergio Ramos facing a race against time to be fit.

Atletico seek Real revenge in last Calderon derby

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Madrid (AFP) Atletico Madrid host Real Madrid for the last time in La Liga at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday with the pain of a second Champions League final defeat in three years to their city rivals still fresh in the memory.

However, both sides have been troubled by severe injury problems with Atletico's top scorer Antoine Griezmann and Real captain Sergio Ramos facing a race against time to be fit.

Spain: Gerard Pique Vows To Quit International Football After Ridiculous Shirt Sleeve Squabble

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Gerard Pique has vowed to retire from international duty with Spain after the 2018 World Cup as the result of yet another mini-controversy brought about by his staunch pro-Catalan independence views.

Pique was booed and heckled throughout Spain's World Cup qualifier against Albania on Sunday after it was noticed that, unlike his teammates, his shirt did not bearany red and yellow trim (the national colours of Spain) on the cuffs.

Ramos hands Real Madrid injury worry

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Madrid (AFP) Key defender and captain Sergio Ramos suffered a left knee strain in Spain's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Albania on Sunday which could sideline him from the Real Madrid team for three games.

Ramos was hurt late in the game after falling awkwardly following an aerial duel before he was eventually replaced by Inigo Martinez.

Ronaldo-less Real Madrid net record 16th straight win

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid shrugged off the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to record a club record 16th consecutive league win 2-0 at Espanyol to stay top of La Liga on Sunday.

James Rodriguez made the most of a rare start to open the scoring in first-half stoppage time before Karim Benzema sealed all three points 20 minutes from time.

Ronaldo nets five minutes into Real return

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Madrid (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo took just five minutes to score on his return from a three-month injury layoff as Real Madrid continued their 100 percent start to the season with a 5-2 rout of Osasuna on Saturday.

Antoine Griezmann kick-started Atletico Madrid's La Liga campaign with two goals and an assist as a 4-0 hammering of Celta Vigo gave them a much-needed first win of the season.

‘Croatian Cruyff’ Modric is pillar of Euro 2016 bid

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Zagreb (AFP) Luka Modric started playing football during Croatia's independence war and the country's notoriously fervent fans expect the world-class playmaker to launch their offensive at Euro 2016.

Croatia are looking to the 30-year-old to lift them as he has Real Madrid amid a rollercoaster season in La Liga and the Champions League.

‘Croatian Cruyff’ Modric is pillar of Euro 2016 bid

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Zagreb (AFP) Luka Modric started playing football during Croatia's independence war and the country's notoriously fervent fans expect the world-class playmaker to launch their offensive at Euro 2016.

Croatia are looking to the 30-year-old to lift them as he has Real Madrid amid a rollercoaster season in La Liga and the Champions League.

Ramos hails team-maker Zidane

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Milan (AFP) Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos paid tribute to coach Zinedine Zidane's inspirational qualities after the Spanish giants were crowned kings of Europe for the 11th time.

Real claimed their second Champions League trophy in three years thanks to a 5-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Atletico Madrid at Milan's San Siro after the match had finished 1-1 after extra-time.

Ramos hails team-maker Zidane

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Milan (AFP) Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos paid tribute to coach Zinedine Zidane's inspirational qualities after the Spanish giants were crowned kings of Europe for the 11th time.

Real claimed their second Champions League trophy in three years thanks to a 5-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Atletico Madrid at Milan's San Siro after the match had finished 1-1 after extra-time.

Ronaldo strikes shoot-out winner as Real Madrid crowned kings of Europe

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Milan (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo added the finishing touches as Real Madrid were crowned kings of Europe for an 11th time with a 5-3 penalties victory over Atletico Madrid, after a 1-1 draw in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Two years after reviving Real's bid for a 10th title, captain Sergio Ramos struck the opener after just 15 minutes at a packed San Siro.

Ronaldo strikes shoot-out winner as Real Madrid crowned kings of Europe

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Milan (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo added the finishing touches as Real Madrid were crowned kings of Europe for an 11th time with a 5-3 penalties victory over Atletico Madrid, after a 1-1 draw in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Two years after reviving Real's bid for a 10th title, captain Sergio Ramos struck the opener after just 15 minutes at a packed San Siro.

Penalties are a lottery, says match-winner Ronaldo

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Milan (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo said penalties are just a game of chance after scoring the winning spot-kick to give Real Madrid an 11th Champions League crown on Saturday.

"The penalties are always a lottery, you never know what's going to happen, but we showed that our team had more experience and we showed that we scored all penalties it was unbelievable, a fantastic night," Ronaldo told BT Sport after the shootout triumph.

Spain

Perisic winner for Croatia stuns champions Spain in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Ivan Perisic struck a sensational winner three minutes from time as Croatia ended Spain's 14-game unbeaten run at the European Championship finals to top Group D after a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

Spain will now face Italy in the last 16 in Paris on Monday in a repeat of the 2012 final.

Perisic winner for Croatia stuns champions Spain in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Ivan Perisic struck a sensational winner three minutes from time as Croatia ended Spain's 14-game unbeaten run at the European Championship finals to top Group D after a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

Spain will now face Italy in the last 16 in Paris on Monday in a repeat of the 2012 final.

Perisic winner stuns champions Spain in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Ivan Perisic struck a sensational winner three minutes from time as Croatia ended Spain's 14-game unbeaten run at the European Championship to top Group D after a 2-1 victory in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

Spain will now face Italy in the last 16 in Paris on Monday in a repeat of the 2012 final.

Perisic fires late to lead Croatia past Spain in Group D decider

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Spain needed just one point to win their Euro 2016 group,but Ivan Perisic had other ideas.

Having amassed fivepoints heading into Tuesday's clash,Spain fell to second in Group D with a 2-1 loss to Croatia on Tuesday. Led by an 88th minute Perisic goal, the result sees Croatia leap to the top of Group D, sealing a much more favorable route through the knockout stages.

Spain backs scandal-hit De Gea, says Ramos

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain have rallied round goalkeeper David De Gea over sex scandal claims and are focused on defending their European title, key defender Sergio Ramos said Sunday.

Vincente Del Bosque's men begin their bid for a record third successive European Championship title against Group D opponents the Czech Republic in Toulouse on Monday.

Spain backs scandal-hit De Gea, says Ramos

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain have rallied round goalkeeper David De Gea over sex scandal claims and are focused on defending their European title, key defender Sergio Ramos said Sunday.

Vincente Del Bosque's men begin their bid for a record third successive European Championship title against Group D opponents the Czech Republic in Toulouse on Monday.

Zidane

Merengue Bites - The Undecima Edition.

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Rahul was too drunk celebrating . But Kaushik, Ryan and I still managed to have a 'celebratory discussion' about that beautiful night in Milan.
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Deserve (Real Madrid 1 - Atletico Madrid 1, Real Madrid win on Penalties)

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Seriously: Does Any Club do Title Celebrations better than Real Madrid?
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I'm still in shock. Did we really just win our 11th European Cup? Yes we did... and judging from the images of the team's celebrations, I'd say that no one celebrates titles like Real Madrid too.

The Rest

Monday Kickoff: Neymar, Ramos, Pique and more

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Another big-money club is reportedly set to make a big-money offer for Neymar, while Sergio Rampos is set for some time on the sidelines.

Paris Saint-Germain is reportedly set to offer a€200 million transfer fee next summer for Neymar. (REPORT)

Sergio Ramos will reportedly miss one month after suffering a knee injury against Albania.

Shit Football Ink: 20 Of The Worst Footballer’s Tattoos Ever Committed To Skin (Photos)

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He's even included the trademark symbol for crying out loud!

As a doff of the cap to Mark Clattenburg's outstanding new UEFA-approved tattoos, Pies deemed now to be as good a time as any to examine some of the very worst, most misguided examples of footballing body art to have been committed toepidermis in recent years.