Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has revealed that he has already put his penalty shootout heartbreak against Bayern Munich behind him, pointing out that there is "no time to feel sorry for oneself in football", as well as thanking the club's fans for their unconditional support.
The Spain international's spot kick failure at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night allowed Bastian Schweinsteiger to set up a Champions League final showdown with Chelsea at the Allianz Arena next month.
However, Ramos did not dwell on his penalty miss and turned in a characteristically dominant display at the heart of Madrid's defense in Sunday's 3-0 win over Sevilla, a result which moved Los Blancos to within touching distance of the Liga title.
"There is no time to feel sorry for oneself in football," the center half is quoted as saying by the club's official website. "And I have always felt the fans' support and they will always be in my heart. You can fare better or worse, but they're always there and I thank them for everything they've given me.
"We earned a rather important victory today and we must fight to win the league title, which is very important because it requires sacrifice throughout the entire season. We can also earn the title with great numbers, which would give us greater credit."
On the subject of statistics, Ramos' participation in the game against his former club took his tally of wins in a Real Madrid shirt to a double century and he admitted that he is hoping that his success continues for many more seasons.
"Earning 200 victories with Real Madrid is important and I feel proud to play for this jersey," the 26-year-old enthused. "I'd like to do so for many more years. I hope to break many more records. Who would have known I would reach this far?!"
Madrid's victory in the Spanish capital means the club will be crowned champion of Spain if second-placed Barcelona loses at Rayo Vallecano on Sunday night. Failing that, Jose Mourinho's men can secure the title by defeating Athletic Bilbao at San Mames on Wednesday.
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