Captain Sergio Ramos led his team to a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Serie A side AS Roma in their opening Champions League game but this game also saw him set a new record in the competition – becoming the competition’s most yellow carded player ever.
Up until the game the Spanish defender had been tied with the Manchester United legend on 36 yellows, however, he has now moved one clear.
During the 23rd minute of play, he picked up his 37th yellow card after grappling with Steven Nzonzi which was the Spain international’s 115th appearance in the competition.
A clumsy tackler off the ball and one of the brashest figures in the football world, Ramos already had various of records of getting cards in every club competitions he has played. He holds the record for the most yellow cards in a single Champions League campaign, picking up five bookings in the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons while he also owns the record of having most red cards in Real Madrid history as well as in La Liga.
🇪🇸 Records currently held by @SergioRamos:
📕 Most red cards in @RealMadrid history.
📕 Most red cards in @LaLiga history.
📒 Most yellow cards in @ChampionsLeague history.
🤷♂️ Unsurprising. pic.twitter.com/zFEdwosm5Q
— SPORF (@Sporf) September 20, 2018
But certainly, given the player has been impressive throughout all these years despite such disciplinary issues, this new record will mostly not concern any supporters.
As of now, the only current player which come even close to Ramos regarding this unusual record is Dani Alves who is fifth on the all-time list with 26 yellows however with Alves on the brinks of his footballing career, it seems the record is set to stay with Ramos for some upcoming years.
Sergio Ramos has unlocked a new achievement 👀 pic.twitter.com/SdUKv5flyM
— Football News (@FootballNewsOrg) September 20, 2018
Ramos has been a central figure to his club and country’s success for a large period of time and with Real now aiming for a fourth Champions League in a row this season, their start to the campaign has been spectacular thanks to goals from Gareth Bale, Isco and returnee Mariano at the Santiago Bernabeu.