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When Mousa Dembele Showed The World How To Deal With Sergio Ramos Properly

Mousa Demeble has officially completed his move to Chinese Super League side Guangzou Evergrande this week in a reported £11 million deal.

The Belgian midfielder spent seven years at Spurs after joining from Fulham in 2012, making 180 appearances for the club, but perhaps his greatest moment in a Tottenham shirt came in the Champions League.

Sergio Ramos was, and still is, criticised for his challenge on Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final, but you cannot deny his immense will to win.

You might even say the Real Madrid captain was born a winner. If you judge his career on trophies and medals, he will, without doubt, go down as one of the great leaders in world football.

So how do you deal with such a player? Well, you might want to ask Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele.

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Image: BT Sport

Ramos tried his very best to get under the skin of Dembele during Spurs’ outstanding 3-1 win over Los Blancos at Wembley in 2017, but the Belgian got one over his opponent with a flurry of no nonsense tackles.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were far superior to the defending Champions League holders, with Dele Alli bagging a brace and Christian Eriksen getting on the scoresheet.

But Dembele and Ramos’ battle grabbed the headlines.

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Image: PA

The Spaniard was seen punching the Belgian in the chest, while former Fulham man Dembele proceeded to take a hack at Ramos and take a yellow card after losing the plot for a good few minutes.

He certainly wasn’t afraid of going face to face with the defender – something you rarely see when Ramos plays.

Check out the swipe Dembele produced on Ramos, just moments after he squared up to the Spaniard.

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Image: BT Sport

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Image: BT Sport

Dembele and Ramos’ spat picked up plenty of reaction on social media at the time, and it received traction after he injured Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final.

Here are some of those from Twitter:

Thoughts on Dembele’s move to China? Is the right one?

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He’s interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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