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Sergio Ramos explains his 'call me' celebration vs Barcelona

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What is it with Sergio Ramos and scoring late goals?

The Spaniard has a reputation for striking late on, having scored a dramatic equaliser against Atletico Madrid in the 2014 Champions League final and against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup.

And he was at it once again on Saturday, powering home a header in El Clasico with one minute remaining to cancel out Luis Suarez's opener.

Zinedine Zidane hailed Ramos for his never-say-die attitude in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw with Barcelona: "[Ramos] has this, he is such a big personality.

"In games like this he never drops his hands, keeps lifting his teammates and at the end he was there. Having him is good for us. We kept going and the heart of the team stood out again."

Inevitably, Real Madrid's players went ballistic upon Ramos' late equaliser and celebrated by jumping on the centre-back by the corner flag.

It was Ramos' individual celebration that was most interesting, though.

In the video below at 0:34, as his teammates jogged back to the half-way line, the 29-year-old looked towards the crowd and performed the 'call me' celebration before blowing a kiss.

Asked for an explanation ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, Ramos explained the reason for his celebration.

He said: "My celebration gesture in the Clasico? It was for my son. I did that celebration in the Clasico for my son who was very sad when I was leaving (for Barcelona)."

How lovely. Ramos also responded to claims that his late goals have been lucky.

"Lucky in my goals? Call it what you want," he added. "I'll only have good memories of all of them. I am a defender but if I can help the team with a goal obviously I'll try my best."

And on Los Blancos' game against Dortmund: "Our priority is to win and be first in our group. To win the Champions League you must be and beat the best."

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