The Spain international has warned his team-mates that the trophies they win and the records they set will define the legacy they leave on their time at the club
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says the current side are intent on going down in history as one of the greatest ever, and insists their mission begins with Saturday’s Club World Cup final against San Lorenzo.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men lifted the Copa del Rey and Champions League titles last season, and are now on a run of 21 consecutive victories – five short of the record set by an Ajax side led by Johan Cruyff in the 1971-72 season; German side Dresden matched that tally during World War 2.
And Ramos has told his team-mates that ultimately it’s the record books that will decide this side’s legacy.
“I hope we can go down in history,” he said.
“Defining an era will come down to statistics, records and trophies. We’re all happy with the coach and on Saturday we’ll try to win another trophy.
“Playing in a final is always an extra source of motivation. We’re enjoying a unique time and as a footballer I feel privileged. Real Madrid is a team supported everywhere and we have to reward our fans for that by winning.”
Ramos also leapt to the defence of colleague Pepe, who their Argentine opponents singled out as something of an aggressor.
“Everyone is entitled to have their own opinion, but it’s a privilege having him by my side because he is one of the top three central defenders in the world.
“Football is for people who are tough and he’s one of them. He’s at a high level.”
Three-time world champions Real Madid have faced Argentinian opposition just once before in this competition, when a Juan Roman Riquelme-inspired Boca Juniors won 2-1 thanks to a Martin Palermo double in Tokyo in 2000.
Ramos was a doubt for Saturday’s clash with a thigh injury but now looks set to retain his pace in the starting line-up.