Sergio Ramos

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Thousands flock to Madrid as Real celebrate La Liga title

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Madrid (AFP) – Thousands of Real Madrid fans, many decked in the famous white team jersey, converged in the centre of the Spanish capital to celebrate the club’s 33rd league title after a 2-0 win over Malaga on Sunday.

Elated fans cheered and lit flares when the squad arrived on an open-top bus bearing the word “Campeones” (champions) on the side at the club’s traditional celebration spot, the Plaza de Cibeles, as confetti rained down.

Champions League: Crucial Isco Goal Sees Real Madrid Stride Into Final At Atletico’s Expense Despite Second-Leg Defeat (Photos & Video)

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A single goal from Isco was enough to put Real Madrid beyond the reach of Atletico and, ultimately, into yet another Champions League final.

Atleti made a typically aggressive start and duly ignited hopes of a comeback as early as the 12th minute, when Saul Niguez connected with a corner to send the home side 1-0 up on the night.

‘We’re not from Beverly Hills’ – Ramos warns Atletico

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos insists the European champions will not be cowered by an intimidating atmosphere as they visit Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon for the final time on Wednesday.

Los Blancos are looking to seal their place in the Champions League final once more and enjoy a commanding 3-0 first leg lead.

‘We’re not from Beverly Hills’ – Ramos warns Atletico

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos insists the European champions will not be cowered by an intimidating atmosphere as they visit Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon for the final time on Wednesday.

Los Blancos are looking to seal their place in the Champions League final once more and enjoy a commanding 3-0 first leg lead.

El Clasico: Lionel Messi Scores 500th Barcelona Goal To Secure Injury-Time Victory Over Real Madrid (Photos & Video)

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As was foretold in the prophecy, Lionel Messi's 500th goal for Barcelona was enough to sink Real Madrid in the final minute of Sunday night's El Clasico fixture and send the Catalans back to the top of La Liga, if only by the slimmest of margins.

Casemiro put Real ahead in the 28th minute before Messi scored No.

Five things we learned from El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal deep into stoppage time to earn the Catalans a 3-2 win over Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday.

Here, AFP sports looks at five things we learned from the five-goal thriller.

Title race back on

Victory for Madrid would have all but sealed their first La Liga title in five years.

Five things we learned from El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal deep into stoppage time to earn the Catalans a 3-2 win over Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday.

Here, AFP sports looks at five things we learned from the five-goal thriller.

Title race back on

Victory for Madrid would have all but sealed their first La Liga title in five years.

Messi hits Barcelona 500 with last gasp El Clasico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with almost the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Messi had broken a three-year goalless drought against Madrid to cancel out Casemiro’s opener for Madrid in the first-half.

Messi hits Barcelona 500 with last gasp El Clasico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with almost the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Messi had broken a three-year goalless drought against Madrid to cancel out Casemiro’s opener for Madrid in the first-half.

Messi hits Barca 500 with last gasp El Clasico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Messi had broken a three-year goalless drought against Madrid to cancel out Casemiro’s opener for Madrid in the first-half.

Messi hits Barca 500 with last gasp El Clasico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Messi had broken a three-year goalless drought against Madrid to cancel out Casemiro’s opener for Madrid in the first-half.

Messi double as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 in El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

A double from Messi and Ivan Rakitic’s stunning strike takes Barca top of the table, although Madrid still have a game in hand.

Messi double as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 in El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

A double from Messi and Ivan Rakitic’s stunning strike takes Barca top of the table, although Madrid still have a game in hand.

Twitter Release Special Pack Of El Clasico-Themed Emojis Ahead Of Barcelona’s Crucial Trip To Real Madrid (Photo)

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Ahead of the bi-annual ref-crowding pageant that is El Clasico, the people at Twitter have rolled out a series of limited edition Barcelona and Real Madrid-themed emojis for the occasion.

WithLa Liga's twin behemoths set to go duke it out at the summit of the tableonce again on Sunday evening, fans (presumably under the age of 12) will be able to squabble over who's the bestest on social media using the following array of miniature pictographs.

End of Euro era but business as usual for Lahm, Alonso

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso insisted it’s business as usual despite the ex-Champions League winners making their final European appearances in the quarter-final defeat at Real Madrid.

Lahm and Alonso both retire from all football at the end of the season.

Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real into semis

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to become the first man to reach 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid overcame 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg to advance 6-3 on aggregate.

The holders will be in Friday’s semi-final draw for a record seventh consecutive year.

Cristiano Ronaldo fires Real Madrid into semis after controversial refereeing decisions

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to become the first man to reach 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid overcame 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg to advance 6-3 on aggregate.

The holders will be in Friday’s semi-final draw for a record seventh consecutive year.

Cristiano Ronaldo fires Real Madrid into semis after controversial refereeing decisions

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to become the first man to reach 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid overcame 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg to advance 6-3 on aggregate.

The holders will be in Friday’s semi-final draw for a record seventh consecutive year.

Bayern can still turn it around at Real – Ancelotti

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti insists Bayern Munich can still turn around their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Bernabeu despite their 2-1 first-leg defeat at home to Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid.

Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal on Wednesday, scoring both goals in Real’s 2-1 comeback win at Bayern, who had Javi Martinez sent off.

Bayern can still turn it around at Real – Ancelotti

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti insists Bayern Munich can still turn around their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Bernabeu despite their 2-1 first-leg defeat at home to Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid.

Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal on Wednesday, scoring both goals in Real’s 2-1 comeback win at Bayern, who had Javi Martinez sent off.

Madrid open up five-point lead over Barcelona

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid moved five points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga despite a lacklustre performance as goals from Karim Benzema, Isco and Nacho secured a 3-0 win over Alaves on Sunday.

Benzema volleyed home Dani Carvajal’s cutback for the opening goal just after the half hour mark.

Madrid open up five-point lead over Barcelona

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid moved five points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga despite a lacklustre performance as goals from Karim Benzema, Isco and Nacho secured a 3-0 win over Alaves on Sunday.

Benzema volleyed home Dani Carvajal’s cutback for the opening goal just after the half hour mark.

Sevilla ordered to close terrace over Ramos abuse

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Madrid (AFP) – Obscene chants from Sevilla fans targeting former favourite Sergio Ramos earned the La Liga team a one-match partial stadium closure, Spanish football authorities ruled on Wednesday.

The incidents took place at a highly charged January 16 La Liga encounter when Sevilla ended Real Madrid’s 40-match unbeaten streak at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Spain are rediscovering domination – Ramos

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Saint-Denis (France) (AFP) – Spain are rediscovering their old dominance, captain Sergio Ramos said on Monday ahead of a friendly against France on Tuesday.

Spain reigned supreme from 2008 to 2012, winning three straight major international tournaments - two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup - before falling on harder times recently.

Spain are rediscovering domination – Ramos

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Saint-Denis (France) (AFP) – Spain are rediscovering their old dominance, captain Sergio Ramos said on Monday ahead of a friendly against France on Tuesday.

Spain reigned supreme from 2008 to 2012, winning three straight major international tournaments - two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup - before falling on harder times recently.

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.