- Lamine Yamal was once Sergio Ramos’ mascot during the 2016 El Clasico
- The duo connected again when Ramos turned Yamal’s cross into his own net on Friday
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When Sergio Ramos held Lamine Yamal’s hand in the Nou Camp tunnel in 2016, he had absolutely no premonition that the Barcelona youngster would one day cause him misery at the age of 37.
To be fair, Ramos probably didn’t expect to be playing for Sevilla again and Friday’s decisive own goal at Camp Nou may have left him wishing that wasn’t the case.
Barcelona maintained their position at the top of LaLiga with a 1-0 home win over Sevilla, sealed by Ramos turning the ball into his own goal in the 76th minute.
But it was the efforts of the now 16-year-old Yamal that led him to make the serious mistake from close range in the stadium where he once enjoyed huge success with Real Madrid.
Now a video has emerged showing Yamal and Ramos standing together hand-in-hand in the Camp Nou tunnel before Spain’s two biggest teams emerged for another El Clasico battle.
Lamine Yamal celebrates his contribution to creating Barcelona’s only goal in Friday’s 1-0 win over Sevilla
Yamal (left) looks up to Sergio Ramos (center) before walking out with him as mascot in 2016
Yamal (left) smiles as he is star struck after taking the hand of then Real Madrid captain
Then eight-year-old Yamal was impressed as he and his mascot friends took their place among the Real Madrid stars waiting to go to battle against their Catalan rivals.
Yamal looks up at Ramos admiringly before taking the four-time Champions League winner’s hand with a big grin on his face.
Madrid would win the match 2-1 as goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo proved to be the difference.
Ramos was ejected during the meeting and things did not fare much better when he returned to the venue nine years later.
Ramos scored the only goal of the match on Friday evening after turning the ball into his own goal
Yamal (center) was the main instigator as Ramos (far left) turned the Barcelona star’s cross into his own goal
There was an even bigger smile on Yamal’s face on Friday as the Barcelona prodigy ran off to celebrate after Ramos poked the ball past Sevilla goalkeeper Orjan Nyland.
It was Yamal’s effort that saw Ramos concede his own goal as the Barcelona star met Raphinha’s cross at the back post and played a first-touch pass across goal.
Ramos lazily stuck out his leg to try to intervene, but only managed to turn the ball into his own net as Camp Nou erupted to celebrate the former Madrid man’s mistake.
The 16-year-old talent is Barcelona’s youngest ever senior player and has already scored during his short career so far for the Spanish national team, which Ramos once guided to a World Cup title.