The Real Madrid captain stands alongside Edgar Davids and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the participant who has obtained the earliest bathrooms in the contest.
Sergio Ramos claimed his share of a somewhat undesirable record on Wednesday as he watched red during Manchester City’s stunning Champions League comeback.
The Real Madrid captain was mostly untested for much of the first hour at Santiago Bernabeu as Pep Guardiola’s men took on an unusually careful approach to the last 16 tie.
With no recognized centre-forward on the pitch and Gabriel Jesus utilised on the left-wing, Ramos was permitted to indulge his attacking instincts, sinking to the box soon after Isco had put the hosts ahead 1-0 and blazing a nice chance over the bar.
When the tables were turned, but the Spain legend appeared shell-shocked, with diminutive Jesus towering over him to acquire a header and equalise for Pep’s charges with 77 minutes played.
Barely five minutes had passed before City completed their comeback, Kevin De Bruyne slotting home from the place to end the club’s recent penalty woes and put the visitors 2-1 up.
And Madrid’s misery was compounded when Ramos sliced down Jesus with the Brazilian was clear on goal, leaving referee Daniele Orsato no option but to show the red card.
This expulsion took up the star to four in his extended Champions League career, a tally that lots of observers may be forgiven for believing is on the low side given his famously on the limitation, antagonistic manner of play.
But he now shares at a contest record, with just two additional players in history earning as many ancient baths in Europe.
Edgar Davids and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both accrued four throughout their illustrious careers, with the latter still active at AC Milan – even though the Rossoneri last played with the Champions League in 2013-14.
If any of the trios is very likely to maintain the mark, then, you’d put your money on Madrid’s combustible enforcer. Maybe even more impressively, Wednesday marked Ramos’ 26th profession dismissal, one behind ex-Nice celebrity Cyril Rool, who holds second position in the all-time red card standings.
Ramos, however, is unlikely to ever attain Colombian hothead Gerardo Bedoya, who accrued an unbelievable 46 reds more than 20 years for club and country.
Meanwhile, Ramos is going to be a large absence for Madrid at the return leg as he’s forced to perform his one-game suspension for a professional foul.
Madrid will play the return leg in Manchester on March 17, realizing they need to score at least two if they’re to have any hope of progressing beyond the last-16 stage.