Sergio Ramos has been a vital player for Real Madrid for years now, but this season he has proved himself to be invaluable.
With 11 goals over all competitions, Real's quest for the league title wouldn't be anywhere near as credible without his efforts or his late goals, and his name is fast becoming the first on the team sheet ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Put simply, this season he has been phenomenal, and if there's any chance of having him out there Zinedine Zidane will take the chance.
And this week something occurred to highlight just how crucially important to the side he really is, and his eagerness to play has earned him plaudits from all sides.
Just 48 hours before the meeting with Bilbao kicked off, the 30-year-old found himself in hospital, with Spanish publication AS claiming that he had been 'hooked to a saline solution drip at the Sanitas-La Moraleja Clinic late on Thursday for a severe bout of gastroenteritis.'
Not just gastroenteritis, but severe gastroenteritis, that's some hardcore illness that would put us mere mortals out of action for a lot longer than 48 hours.
The report claims that Ramos barely trained throughout the week and was still in hospital at 11pm on Thursday night. That gave him just one day to rest before having to take the field and out in another top performance.
Injuries to Raphael Varane and Pepe meant he had to see out the full 90 minutes alongside Nacho, and it has also been claimed that he ate nothing in the run up to kick off.
He must have been absolutely shattered.
It's no wonder that he is being hailed as such a hero by the Madrid faithful. His recent goals against the likes of Barcelona and Napoli, which proved so crucial, put him in their good books, but performances like this will make him a legend.
And being the player that he is, he made no mention of his struggles after the game, instead posting a picture of himself celebrating on Instagram.
'¡Buena victoria en San Mamés antes del parón! Good win before the international break! #HalaMadrid,' he said.
Fair play to him, that's the way a captain should act.
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