Becoming the fourth Real Madrid player to make 100 appearances in the Champions League, Sergio Ramos joins esteemed company on Tuesday night when he lines up against Bayern Munich.
And it’s not been a ride without peaks and troughs, as the defender remembers his debut in the competition against Lyon in 2008 – a 3-0 defeat.
That night, the ex-Sevilla man played alongside with Ivan Helguera and it will be Nacho Fernandez who is the tutee against the Germans, very much led by Ramos who has instilled himself as the talismanic captain within the Merengues camp.
Only Roberto Carlos, Raul, and Iker Casillas have made it into triple figures for European outings in a Real shirt, finishing on 109, 132, and 164 respectively – the goalkeeper continuing with Porto having played 152 times for Los Blancos.
All of those players are multiple Champions League title winners, as is Ramos, and each of the six previous Spaniards to make it to a century have also lifted the trophy; including Carles Puyol, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Xavi.
In total, only 30 men have hit 100 appearances in the competition and it’s fair to say that the centre-back’s most well known moment is the equalising goal in the 2014 Lisbon final, sending Real towards a tenth European Cup and sending his career into the stratosphere in the process.