In recent days, we have once again seen one of the most popular games in Spanish football take place: the hounding of Sergio Ramos. Osasuna fans sang unsavoury chants towards the Real Madrid captain after he scored the equaliser at El Sadar. Even winning a World Cup and two European Championships doesn’t earn Ramos a break.
Maybe Ramos has to apologise for that, or for making more than 600 appearances and scoring 90 goals, as a defender, for Real Madrid. Or perhaps for playing 168 times for his country, and scoring 21 goals. Or for having been the captain of a legendary team that won three Champions Leagues in a row, something that had not happened in Europe since the late 1970s.
Perhaps he should apologise for winning 24 titles, for having been nominated six times for the Ballon d’Or, for being in the UEFA Best XI eight times, in the Champions League Best Eleven four times, and ten times in the FIFA FIFPro World XI. They are, apparently, irreparable crimes.
Or maybe Ramos should apologise for injuring Mohamed Salah in Kiev, for the outfits he wears off the field, for the prizes that his horse Yucatan wins, for being a friend of Pablo Motos, for the Amazon documentary, or for having married Pilar Rubio.
Ramos may have to apologise for many things, but there will be something that the Spain will never forgive him for: that header at the Estadio da Luz in the 93rd minute which changed the history of football. Sergio, you should ask for forgiveness.