In terms of universally disliked footballers, Sergio Ramos has to be right up there.
A pantomime villain, the Real Madrid captain is one of those players that football fans just love to hate.
However, there’s no denying that the Spain international has been one of the world’s best centre-backs over the past 10 years.
Madridistas love him, of course, because of his world-class quality, leadership skills and the fact he’s always ready to have a dig at a rival club or player.
His ding-dong battles with Barcelona and their players down the years have been epic.
Although they probably wouldn’t like to admit it, Ramos and his Barcelona counterpart Gerard Pique are extremely similar in many ways, which is perhaps why they’ve clashed so many times in the past.
It’s been a constant, and sometimes nasty, war between the two fiercely loyal defenders at club level - although, to their credit, they’ve always managed to get on well when working together with the Spanish national team.
It was Pique who won the most recent battle between the two on Sunday afternoon.
Ramos was left crestfallen as his Madrid side were hammered 5-1 by Pique’s Barça at the Camp Nou.
To make matters worse for Ramos, there was one moment during the match, per Spanish newspaper AS, where the home fans chanted in unison: ‘Sergio Ramos, hijo de puta’ (Sergio Ramos, son of a b*tch).
However, heartwarming footage has emerged which shows Pique, of all people, waving his finger at the Camp Nou crowd in an attempt to get them to stop the insulting chants directed towards Ramos.
Watch it here...
He clearly felt that this particular chant overstepped the mark.
This footage, which might surprise many Madrid fans, says a lot about Pique.
Although the two rivals have had their differences over the years, Pique obviously feels that it’s important for fans to treat opposition players - whoever they might be - with some degree of respect and to not get overly personal.
Still, the incident didn’t stop Pique from enjoying the 5-1 victory.
The 31-year-old even replicated his famous “five” hand gesture, which we first saw back in November 2010, following Barça’s famous 5-0 victory over Jose Mourinho’s side during the Pep Guardiola era.News Now - Sport News