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Legendary Real Madrid defender was hoping for a ‘call’ from club after Militao’s injury in August

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Real Madrid have suffered from several major injuries over the last several months, a trend that started when Thibaut Courtois tore his ACL in training before the season even started.

Things got worse when Eder Militao also injured his ACL during the first game of the season, and was ruled out for essentially the entire campaign. The Brazilian is now back on track, and could make his return for the last few games of the season.

However, early during the season, when Militao initially picked up the injury, Madrid were contemplating signing a centre-back to cover for his absence, and had a few names on their radar, as well.

Amidst all of this, a certain Sergio Ramos was still a free agent after his contract with PSG clocked up, and was looking for his next club for the season.

According to Jose Felix Diaz, before he signed for Sevilla, Ramos was secretly hoping for a call from Madrid as a cover for Militao in August. Unfortunately, the club never contemplated a return for him, and the call never came.

The past is in the past

Madrid have had a fair few chances to sign former players in recent times, with Cristiano Ronaldo among them after his falling out with Manchester United in late 2022.

They did not give that much thought, either, with Karim Benzema thriving at the club about that time, and eventually the Madrid top scorer joined Al-Nassr on a free transfer.

Similarly, Karim Benzema has been struggling at Al-Ittihad, and was possibly looking for a move away from Saudi Arabia, but Madrid did not contemplate his re-signing even once.

Ramos’ return to Bernabeu

One way or another, Sergio Ramos has found his way back to the Santiago Bernabeu this season. He will go head-to-head against his former side this Sunday as Sevilla take on Real Madrid.

While Sevilla are still far from their best, sitting in 15th place in the league, Ramos’ presence has helped them tons defensively. Most recently against Atletico Madrid, against whom they came away with a 1-0 win.

Madrid are preparing a special tribute for the legendary defender ahead of the game, during which he will be honoured, presumably with a video and a special jersey.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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