Sergio Ramos is, in many ways, a unique footballer.
Not only is he a world-class centre-back - unquestionably one of the best players on the planet in his position - and a proper leader, but he’s also the undisputed master of the sport’s dark arts.
Ramos will use every trick in the book to gain an advantage over his opponents and isn’t afraid to overstep the mark in the process.
The 32-year-old, however, is always one of the first names on Real Madrid’s teamsheet. He’s so important to that football club.
Ramos made his 600th appearance for Los Blancos in the Champions League last-16 first leg tie against Ajax on Wednesday night and helped his team secure an impressive 2-1 victory at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam.
However, he will miss the second leg after picking up a yellow card for a rather suspicious foul on Kasper Dolberg.
Ramos has been accused of deliberately getting himself booked so that he misses the second leg at the Bernabeu but is free to play in the quarter-finals.
Watch the incident for yourselves here…
It certainly looked a bit suspicious, but proving the World Cup winner purposely intended to get himself booked would have been nigh-on impossible.
Incredibly, though, Ramos came out after the match and admitted he *did* intentionally get himself booked.
Per the Spanish football journalist Rik Sharma, Ramos said: "Not to underestimate the opponent, but sometimes you have to take these decisions and that's what I decided."
Marca reveal Ramos added: "Looking at the result, I'd be lying if I said I didn't force it.
"It's something I was thinking about."
Oh, Sergio. Why did you admit it?!
The World Cup-winning defender may now be in trouble with UEFA following his admission and could end up missing an additional match, making his decision to pick up that late yellow card against Ajax entirely pointless.
As Sharma points out in his next tweet, Ramos’s own teammate Dani Carvajal received a two-game ban for the exact same thing last season after getting himself booked against APOEL, ensuring he would serve his suspension in a dead rubber against Borussia Dortmund.
That Carvajal ended up in hot water last season makes Ramos’s admission even more inexplicable.
He later took to Twitter in a bid to plead his innocence but it's probably a case of too little, too late.
The cat's already out the bag now, Sergio.
He’ll be kicking himself when UEFA inevitably take action.News Now - Sport News