It is somewhat ironic that we’re celebrating this momentous occasion on the same day Sergio Ramos was omitted from Spain’s Euro 2021 squad. Nevertheless, what happens now in present day and beyond is irrelevant and separate, and will never take away from arguably the greatest moment in Real Madrid history: Sergio Ramos’s header with 92:48 on the clock in the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid to send the game into extra-time.
And it may have just been an equalizer, but those who watched the game knew it was more than that: it was a goal that broke Atletico Madrid completely. It was evident that Real Madrid were going to win La Decima after Ramos’s goal.
Two years ago, Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid’s manager during that Champions League title, reflected on Ramos’s goal:
“I don’t think about what’s going to happen on a certain play but I had confidence that the goal was going to arrive,” Ancelotti said. “It was our last chance but I trusted my players and I knew that they were going to take advantage. The team was alive and I was optimistic. We played until the very end and the very last second. We looked for the equalizer playing good football and in the end Ramos and Modric showed up.
“Marcelo’s goal wrapped the game up, it was decisive. Until that very moment Atletico still had a chance but they kind of gave up after that goal.”