Goal scoring defenders are a rare commodity. Players with a knack of popping up with late strikes are highly valuable. Footballers who regularly net in big games are those who the history books are written about.
Real Madrid hero Sergio Ramos is a combination of all three. In more than a decade at the Bernabeu he has not only cultivated iconic status in the Spanish capital, but in recent years has developed a knack of scoring massive goals.
It wasn’t the first time the Spain international has nodded in a late leveller, and Madrid fans will certainly hope it is not the last.
Here’s a run down of Ramos’ recent goals, in the biggest games of his beloved club’s recent history:
90th minute headed equaliser in the Champions League Final v Atletico Madrid in May 2014
It was all going wrong for Real – their first European final since 2002, and in stoppage time they were trailing to their upstart city rivals.
Cue Ramos with a powerful header to take the game to extra time, where Real blew away a knackered Atletico 4-1 and claimed their 10th European crown.
90th minute headed equaliser in UEFA Super Cup v Sevilla in August 2016
But Ramos is not a man to be cowed, and in the third minute of injury time he flicked in the equaliser. Dani Carvajal then scored in the 119th minute to win the trophy.
90th minute headed equaliser in El Clasico v Barcelona in December 2016
It was not a classic Clasico. Luis Suarez looked to have scored the only goal at the Nou Camp, until Ramos came up with his party trick.
Luka Modric’s free kick was met with power – notice a theme here? – as the centre back earned a share of the spoils. Unlike in the other fixtures Real did not go on to win a trophy that game, but it could certainly be a huge step towards winning this year’s La Liga.