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Sergio Ramos celebrates 500th Real Madrid game on Facebook

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Sergio Ramos celebrates 500th Real Madrid game on Facebook

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos took to Facebook Live as he celebrated his 500th match with Real Madrid. His favourite goal: his 93rd minute Champions League final header in Lisbon.

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Sergio Ramos celebrates 500 games for Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid defender, celebrated his 500th game for the club on Saturday against Osasuna (Real Madrid won 1-3). He gave an interview on Facebook Live to celebrate the occasion. Here are some selected excerpts (the video is in Spanish).

Sergio Ramos on Facebook Live

Favourite goal

My favourite goal, I don't know, I've had a few good ones at important moments. They've all been special for me, they're like my children, I don't know which one I'd pick, but I think I'd take the one in Décima (the goal in the 93rd minute in the Champions League final in Lisbon against Atlético that saw Madrid into extra-time where they went on to win their 10th European Cup). It was so hard to win the Champions League and scoring in the last minute makes it special.

Ramos scoresSergio Ramos rises in Lisbon to put Real Madrid back in the match

Changing his shirt number

Number 4 has brought me luck, it's been with me through my Real Madrid career, but don't think I haven't thought about changing it to 93.

Fighting to the death

It's our DNA, and that of our club, our history. We have to be aware of what the badge means. We need to give everything for the shirt, right to the death.

What will you when you retire?

I'd like to spend time with my family when I retire. It's what I like doing and football takes up so much. They're always there for me and they understand my way of life.

Recording an album?

You'll have heard me on occasion. Singing is a way of motivating myself and getting ready for games. I don't think I'd record an album, but you never know.

Hobbies

Football, horses and music

Sergio Ramos celebrates 500th Real Madrid game on Facebook

Sergio Ramos (L) with a horse (R)

Charity work with UNICEF

We have a duty to help those in need, and we're here to help.

500 games for Real Madrid

I'm so proud. I never expected it, all those years ago I never imagined I'd reach such a major milestone. Right now I'm enjoying it, but I'll forget about it so I can achieve more and carry on playing for the best team in the world.

If you hadn't been a footballer?

If I hadn't been a footballer I'd have played another sport. I've always liked tennis. Maybe I'd have been playing Nadal.

Preferred team to meet in the Champions League

I don't know who'd I'd prefer to play, there are lots.

Napoli...

Napoli are a great team, on a good run. We're aiming not to concede [in the Bernabéu] to make the trip there easier.

Pre-game ritual

I always do the same. I get fired up with music. I couldn't live without it and I relate it to football.

As a child...

I always wanted to play for Sevilla. You want to grow and get better and I had thought about playing for Real Madrid in the future. I was clear about that from a young age. Dreaming is free. I'd always liked Ronaldo, Canilla, Maldini and Hierro.

Final in Cardiff

Hopefully we'll be there to enjoy the final.

Focused on the Champions League...

We need to focus on the Champions League. It's going to be so tough. It's a different kettle of fish. We're hoping for a good season in both competitions. In LaLiga we're top and it's in our own hands, and we're hoping for a good run in the Champions League for Madrid and all its fans. 

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