Few players in world football embody the idea of ‘winning at all costs’ quite like Sergio Ramos.
For all the play-acting, the cynicism, and that now infamous foul on Mohamed Salah, the centre-back won his fourth Champions League in five seasons on Saturday night as Real Madrid triumphed 3-1 over Liverpool.
Regardless of whether he brought down the Reds’ star man on purpose, the Spanish international is unlikely to lose much sleep over the petition that’s doing his rounds asking FIFA to punish him.
This is all part of the package when it comes to Ramos. The sight of this year’s Premier League Golden Boot winner leaving the pitch in tears was a bitter one for Liverpool fans, yet it was at the hands of a man who’s spent his entire career winning ugly.
Attention now turns to whether the Egyptian will be fit in time for the World Cup, with his country’s first game taking place against Uruguay on June 15.
If it seemed that Kopites had taken his suspected shoulder dislocation badly, then spare a thought for his compatriots, who are almost entirely reliant on him to turn them into one of this summer’s dark horses.
At international level, the 25-year-old has scored 33 goals in 57 games, which just about sums up his importance.
In fact, Egyptians are so protective of the forward that one lawyer has now taken matters into his own hands.
As reported by Goal, solicitor Bassem Wahba went on TV channel Sada El-Balad to announce he has now filed a lawsuit against Ramos to the tune of €1billion – which is about £873million.
SALAH IS A DOUBT FOR THE WORLD CUP
“Ramos intentionally injured Mo Salah and should be punished about his actions,” he said.
“I’ve filed a lawsuit and a complaint to FIFA.
“I’ll ask for compensation, which could exceed €1 billion, for the physical and psychological harm that Ramos gave Salah and the Egyptian people.”
It’s probably a slightly big ask to expect the Madrid man to make up for the grief of an entire nation of 99million people – then again, maybe he should have thought of that.
The positive news, should this somewhat questionable case not pay off, is that Salah himself is confident of featuring in Russia.
“It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter,” he tweeted on Sunday night.
“Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud. Your love and support will give me the strength I need.”