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Forget Ronaldo, the key man is Ramos – Bayern legend

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Bayern Munich legend Stefan Effenberg is adamant that Sergio Ramos is the main threat that his former club must fear the most, ahead of their semi-final against Real Madrid in the Champions League

The captain will return from his one-match ban for the first leg at the Allianz Arena in Munich today, as Real look to save their season by winning their third consecutive Champions League title.

While much of the spotlight has been on Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 15 goals in the competition in 10 games, heading into the highly anticipated tie. But Effenberg, who himself was named the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2001, believes that it is Ramos that Bayern should consider to be the main threat.

“Cristiano is an important player, but the key player is Sergio Ramos.” Effenberg told AS.

“I did not want to play against him.

“I do not lie when I say that Madrid would not have won so many titles without Ramos.

“The same applies to Toni Kroos.

“His commitment has helped Madrid make the final step towards the world elite.”