Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is set to feature in his 600th game as a Los Blancos player at the Johan Cruyff Arena against Ajax on Wednesday night.
On May 20, 1998, when Madrid lifted their seventh Champions League title at the same stadium, Ramos was a 12-year-old boy who had dreams of reaching Sevilla’s first team.
Since his debut for Madrid on 10 September 2005 in a home defeat against Celta Vigo, Ramos has won four Champions League titles, three of which have come in the last three years.
Against Ajax he will become the joint thirteenth player, with Xabi Alonso, in terms of appearances in the Europe’s premiere competition; he currently has 118 games to his name.
Ramos has won 73 matches in the Champions League, even achieving a better win per game rate than Lionel Messi (61.8 percent compared to 58.9 percent), while Iker Casillas has achieved the most victories in the competition with 100.
Despite being one of this team’s top scorers and having scored eight penalties so far this season, he has yet to score in the Champions League.
The 32-year-old will soon be able to overtake the legendary duo of Paco Gento and Fernando Hierro, too, as they both achieved 601 games each with Los Blancos.
Ramos has already won 20 titles at Madrid, three fewer than the club’s record, which Gento holds after racking up 23 trophies.
Having come into this game in great form, Real Madrid regained the label of being favourites against Ajax and with Ramos as a captain, they can lay down a marker in their cherished competition.