The veteran duo can write another chapter in Real Madrid’s glory-laden history books in two games time.
Sergio Ramos and Marcelo can equal Paco Gento’s record of 23 titles for Real Madrid by winning the Spanish Super Cup in January.
The pair moved past Manolo Sanchis’ tally of 21 major honors by winning a 22nd title last season, courtesy of the club’s success in La Liga. And now they can move level with Gento if Real Madrid win their next two games.
Zinedine Zidane’s side begin their Spanish Super Cup campaign against Athletic Club on Thursday at Malaga’s La Rosaleda Stadium. The winner will proceed to meet either Real Sociedad or Barcelona in the final itself on January 17 in Seville.
Record or not, though, a 23rd title is a testament to Ramos and Marcelo’s careers. The defenders have been pillars in the Whites defense for the best part of a decade, making a combined 1,183 appearances in all competitions. They’ve also played pivotal roles in the club’s successes in Europe and Spain.
Ramos’ Spanish Super Cup record
The skipper’s future may be generating more headlines than his performances at the moment, but he’ll be determined to lead his side to a fifth Spanish Super Cup title all the same.
As stated on the club’s website, Ramos’ 14 appearances in the competition is the most of any Real Madrid player. Iker Casillas (13 games) and Raul (12) complete the top three, while Marcelo has played nine times in comparison.
Los Blancos also noted that Ramos hasn’t lost a single match across the seven times he’s competed in the tournament.