Yamine Lamal: From being Sergio Ramos’ mascot to piling misery on his Sevilla side at 16 (VIDEO)

Yamine Lamal: From being Sergio Ramos’ mascot to piling misery on his Sevilla side at 16 (VIDEO)

Mark Kinyanjui 10:50 - 30.09.2023

It is hard to imagine Lamine Yamal was once Sergio Ramos' mascot at the El Clasico in 2016 as the teenage sensation ran rings around the Real Madrid legend, forcing him into scoring a calamitous own goal during Barcelona’s 1-0 win over Sevilla on Friday night.

In 2016, a then eight-year-old Lamine Yamal was clearly starstruck as legendary Spanish defender Sergio Ramos held his hand in the tunnel ahead of Real Madrid’s El Classico match against Barcelona.

As both teams were preparing to walk out of the tunnel, Yamal was smiling from ear to ear as he gazed up in awe at Ramos, who himself was gazing straight forward as if he was looking forward to battle.

Little did he know that eight years later, the La Masia academy graduate who is making quick waves to become the next Lionel Messi would be playing a key part in  piling misery on Ramos’ new side Sevilla.

To be fair, Ramos probably didn't envisage himself being back playing at Sevilla and Friday's match-deciding own goal at the Nou Camp might have had him wishing he wasn't.

Barcelona maintained their stance at the top of La Liga with a 1-0 home win over Sevilla, sealed by Ramos turning the ball into his own net in the 76th minute.

But, it was the efforts of the now 16-year-old Yamal who prompted him to make the grave close-range error in the stadium where he once enjoyed tremendous success with Real Madrid.

A video has emerged showing Yamal and Ramos standing hand-in-hand together in the tunnel at the Nou Camp before Spain's two biggest teams emerged for another El Clasico battle.

Madrid would go on to win the match 2-1 as goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo proved to be the difference. 

Ramos was sent off in the encounter and didn't fare much better when returning to the site nine years later. 

On Friday there was an even bigger smile on Yamal's face when the Barcelona prodigy ran off to celebrate after Ramos prodded the ball past Sevilla goalkeeper Orjan Nyland.

It was Yamal's attempted pass that caused Ramos to concede the own goal as the Barcelona star met Raphinha's cross at the back-post and played a first-touch pass back across the face of the goal.

Ramos lazily stuck out his leg to try and intervene but only managed to turn the ball into his own net as the Nou Camp went wild celebrating the former Madrid man's mistake.

The 16-year-old talent is Barcelona's youngest-ever senior player and has already scored for the Spain national team, a side Ramos won three back-to-back major international tournaments with.