Sergio Ramos has scored vital goals against bitter rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid but do any of them make his top five? Real Madrid legend chooses his favourite strikes after notching up a century for Spanish club
- Sergio Ramos scored his 100th Real Madrid goal on Tuesday in a win over Inter
- Ramos has now selected his top five favourite goals for the Spanish giants
- His list comprises of four goals from the Champions League and one in LaLiga
Sergio Ramos joined an exclusive club on Tuesday night when he scored his 100th goal for Real Madrid.
The Spaniard achieved the feat with a header during Real’s 3-2 win over Inter Milan in the Champions League.
That was his 55th header for the club – on top of 21 penalties, two free-kicks and 22 goals using his feet from open play.
Sergio Ramos has chosen his top five favourite goals scored at Real Madrid after reaching 100
The Real captain reached the century landmark with this header vs Inter Milan on Tuesday
Ramos’ feat is the all the more remarkable considering he is a defender. His glittering career at Real reads 659 appearances, 100 goals and 22 trophies since he joined from Sevilla in 2005.
And reflecting on his career to Marca, Ramos has chosen his five favourite goals for the Spanish giants out of his 100.
Coming in at No 5 for the Real captain is his first goal for the club in the Champions League. That came during his maiden season for Real when they travelled to Greece to take on Olympiacos.
Ramos put his side ahead with a towering header at the back post from a Raul Bravo cross. Sadly for Ramos it turned out to be in a losing effort as they lost in Athens 2-1 with former Barcelona forward Rivaldo scoring the winner after being set up by an emerging talent by the name of Yaya Toure.
Ramos wheels away after scoring his first-ever goal for Real in the Champions League in 2005
However, sadly for the Spaniard it wasn’t in a winning effort as Real lost 2-1 at Olympiacos
In fourth place is a dramatic equaliser at eternal rivals Barcelona during their LaLiga encounter in December 2016. Barca had taken the lead from a Luis Suarez glancing header.
That strike looked to condemn Real to their first defeat of the season but Ramos pounced in the 89th-minute with a header from Luka Modric’s cross. That goal saw Real remain six points clear of defending champions Barca – after 14 matches at the top of the table – and proved a decisive moment as Real wrestled the title from their fiercest foe.
The Nou Camp equaliser is the only domestic goal to feature in Ramos’ top five, with the rest comprising of Champions League efforts.
Third on the list is another header from Ramos – this time the opener in stunning 4-0 win at then-Champions League holders Bayern Munich in the 2014 semi-final second leg.
Leading 1-0 from the first leg, Ramos put them 2-0 ahead on aggregate with an emphatic header at the back post from a Modric corner. Four minutes later he would score again with a header – this time from a Angel di Maria free-kick.
In fourth place on the list is this header against eternal rivals Barcelona in December 2016
It was a pivotal 89th-minute equaliser for Real – who went on to win the LaLiga title that season
Ramos roars with delight after scoring Real’s opener in their Champions League semi-final second leg win at Bayern Munich in April 2014
Ramos’ runner-up comes against cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid in the 2016 Champions League final – in what was a repeat of the 2014 showpiece (more on that later on).
A man not afraid of the big occasion the captain was on hand to poke home from close range to put Real ahead on the 15th minute. Toni Kroos’ deep free-kick was flicked on by Gareth Bale at the near post and Ramos nipped in ahead of Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to score. Real would eventually be pegged by a Yannick Carrasco equaliser before winning 5-3 on penalties – with Ramos scoring their fourth from the spot.
However, despite the aforementioned goals none of them compare to Ramos’ No 1 pick – his goal in the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico.
Ramos watches on as his toe-poke finish goes past Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak
That goal put Real 1-0 up against cross-city rivals Atletico in the 2016 Champions League final
‘The goals are like children,’ he told Marca. ‘It is very difficult to keep one, but there has been a very special one that has marked my career, such as the one achieved in Lisbon against Atletico.’
That goal is especially special to the 34-year-old as it came in the dying moments of the match. Atletico looked on the brink of becoming European champions for the first time in their history thanks to Diego Godin’s 36th-minute strike. However, Ramos forced the game into extra-time with a 93rd minute header from a Modric corner.
Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo were on hand to score in extra-time to give Real a 4-1 win and finally their 10th European Cup known as ‘La Decima’.
Ramos’ No 1 goal for Real though is this header vs Atletico in the 2014 Champions League final
The centre back wheels away in celebration after equalising in the 93rd minute of the final
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