With a bruised body and soul but with the warrior spirit that typifies who he is, Sergio Ramos prepares for another Clasico with a new lease of life.
Although he picked up an injury following a collision with Casemiro and his pride was wounded by a 3-0 loss on Wednesday, he still seems eager to feature in Saturday’s game, as he showed with his recent social media post.
He can take his place in El Clasico history this weekend by making his 42nd appearance in the fixture, tied with Manolo Sanchis, Paco Gento and Xavi Hernandez for the most appearances.
In more than 13 years of clashes with Barcelona, Ramos has been a fundamental fixture for Real Madrid.
He has won titles against the Blaugrana, two Copa del Rey titles among them, but also has down moments such as the 6-2 and 5-0 losses he has been part of.
Ramos has been a key figure for Los Blancos in the fixtures though, and flown the Real flag into battle, beyond his interesting relationship with Barcelona counterpart Gerard Pique, with whom he had a fantastic relationship in the Spanish national team.
On home turf, Ramos has only won seven games against Barcelona and lost 16, although he has scored four goals during that time.
Two of those goals have arrived in the ‘Ramos zone’, i.e. the final stretch of games.
His first goal against Barcelona was on March 10, 2007 a game that was refereed by Undiano Mallenco.
He then scored in the 6-2 loss and added further heroics in a 3-3 draw before striking two seasons ago late on for a goal.