Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has defended his challenge that injured African superstar Mohamed Salah during the 2017/18 Uefa Champions League final.
Click through the gallery above to see some images of Ramos' challenge on Salah
The Spain international drew widespread criticism following Los Blancos' 3-1 win over Liverpool in the 2017/18 final after his challenge forced Salah off the field with a shoulder injury.
Ramos was accused of purposefully injuring the Egyptian star after images from the match emerged showing him grappling Salah's arm during the challenge.
The 33-year-old has dismissed the accusations, however, and claimed he had no intention of hurting the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner.
"I respect everybody's opinion and it is true that sometimes people misjudge me," Ramos told the Daily Mail.
"When I play against a tough rival, it is the most thrilling thing that can happen to me and something that I look forward to.
"When you have to go against a nice forward player or striker, you have this nice duel and, of course, inside the right context where you don't want to harm anyone, and with the right intention and the right heart.
"It is a game, you go to win and try to defend yourself, but always inside you have respect."
With Salah injured, Real went on to lift the Champions League trophy, but the Reds star would get his taste of European glory guiding Liverpool to victory over Tottenham Hotspur in last season's edition of the competition.
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