7. Ramos vs Bayern
Sergio Ramos Garcia is one of the most perplexing players of his generation. This is a man who has quite literally won it all for club and country. He is the second most capped player for the Spanish national side, with more caps than Xavi, Puyol and Raul. He has been voted into the FIFPro World XI eight times which is more than any defender has managed. He’s scored in two Champions’ League finals. But unfortunately he’s also been sent off 24 times for Real Madrid. 5 times in the El Clasico. This is why he’s such a complex player to assess.
On one hand you have a player with a suspect temperament that can get sent off in testing circumstances. On the other hand, you have one of the best “big-game” players of his generation. The Spaniard certainly proved the latter to be true with his performance against Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in 2014. Not only did his two quick-fire headers basically put the tie to bed, but he and Pepe formed a barricade that Robben, Ribery, Muller e.t.c could not breach. It would not be the last time Ramos came up with a clutch performance for his team in a big game.