Real Madrid stormed to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool on Saturday night as they secured their third consecutive Champions League trophy.

Ramos lifted the fourth Champions League trophy of his career at full-time but was not the most popular figure among Liverpool fans.

The Spaniard was involved in a collision with Mohamed Salah during the first half that resulted in the Egypt international before forced off with a shoulder injury.

While it is not clear, some fans have suggested Ramos intentionally tried to injure Salah by flooring him in order to boost Real’s chances in the game.

Ramos has since taken to Twitter to insist it was not intentional.

And while Keown feels Ramos did not try to rule his opponent out of the game completely, he is sure the Spain international wanted to let him know he was in for a tough game.

“I love watching Sergio Ramos. He is a beacon of light in an era when there are not enough good defenders,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“It is little wonder he is the world’s most decorated defender. This is a player who will time and again put his body on the line in pursuit of glory. A player whose leadership qualities are second to none. A player who not even Diego Costa can bully.

“I don’t like to see the kind of challenge that curtailed Mohamed Salah’s final. Ramos grabs hold of Salah’s arm and twists it around, almost like a judo throw. It was clear he was trying to leave a little bit on his opponent.

“But the best defenders will target the danger man and — within the laws of the game — use whatever means necessary to test them to the limit.

“While I am sure Ramos would not have wanted to see Salah go off injured, that moment was arguably as important as Gareth Bale’s overhead kick.

“The Real Madrid captain has a toughness that we are not seeing in other defenders.

“Not only is Ramos the ultimate warrior but he also has the technical ability of a midfielder. He is so comfortable in possession.

“With his individual brilliance, Real Madrid do not need to rely on their defence working as a unit.

“Marcelo will bomb forwards from left back, confident that Ramos can deal with any trouble in the space he has vacated.

“As a defender for the modern-day game, Ramos ticks all the boxes.”



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