Sergio Ramos was up to his usual tricks during Ajax 1-2 Real Madrid.
Just moments after Los Blancos took the lead at the Amsterdam Arena, Ramos was awarded a yellow card for unnecessarily hacking down Kasper Dolberg on the halfway line.
It was seemed immediately apparent that Ramos was committed the foul on purpose, allowing himself to be suspended for the second leg and giving himself a clean record for the quarter-finals.
The BT Sport commentators were kick to call the Spaniard's actions 'very obvious' and football fans were convinced that Ramos had deliberately picked up the booking.
However, there was no doubt just a few moments later when Ramos effectively confirmed that it was deliberate, telling the press: “Yes, the truth is that, seeing the result… It’s something I had in mind.
Ramos' 'deliberate' red card
“It is not that I am underestimating the opponent but sometimes in football you have to make decisions and that’s what I decided. ”
He later decided to withdraw the comment, but the damage was done and Ramos could potentially face punish from UEFA for his actions.
Dani Carvajal was guilty of the exact same offence last season and was duly suspended, so it's no wonder Ramos proceeded to shy away from his comments.
Ramos' 'bad boy' moments in career
It's the latest incident in a long line of controversial moments from Ramos, adding to a reputation that can often dampen his status as one of the greatest defenders of recent times.
There's an understanding that Ramos will do everything in his power to win, something that can manifest into gamesmanship, persistent fouls and truckloads of cards.
Bearing that in mind, a video by 'MNXHD' has only increased in relevance, documenting some of the most divisive 'bad boy' episodes in Ramos' career.
It highlights a number of incredibly late tackles - many of which came against Barcelona - as well as dissent and trying to outwit his opponents. Take a look here:
He really is one of a kind.
There is nobody in football who can match Ramos for his determination to win, leaving the realms of sheer hard work and bordering on 'by any means possible.'
Some Liverpool fans would certainly argue that was the case during the 2018 Champions League final, in which the 32-year-old injured Mohamed Salah and gave Loris Karius a concussion.
It's not everybody's cup of tea and it's easy to see why opposition sides can become so frustrated with him, but his trophy cabinet seems to vindicate the approach.
Ramos has won too many Champions League trophies and proven his world-class ability on too many occasions to feel overly guilt about some of his unsavoury actions.
For the time being, though, he'll be waiting on a phone-call from UEFA.
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