SERGIO RAMOS has been accused of trying to injure Liverpool star Mo Salah deliberately.
The Egyptian was forced off with a shoulder injury after just half an hour, with Spaniard Ramos insisting it was an accident.
In his autobiography, veteran Italy centre-back Chiellini, 35, said: “Ramos has always said it was unintentional.
“But he was aware that falling in the way that he did, without loosening his grip on that hold, nine times out of ten you can break your opponent’s arm.
“He has two characteristics that almost no one else has.
You could say he’s impulsive and not very tactically aware… Without him, Madrid turn into a team without a defence. Without him, Varane, Marcelo and Carvajal look like kids playing for the reserve team.
“He knows how to be decisive in big games, with interventions that go beyond any logic, that even cause injuries with almost devilish wit.
“The one on Salah in the 2018 Champions League final was a masterstroke.”
Ramos’ regular red cards — he has been sent off 14 times in the last ten seasons — have seen him labelled a master of the dark arts.
But Chiellini insists the centre-back is the best in the business.
The Italian added: “You could say he’s impulsive and not very tactically aware, that he is responsible for conceding eight or ten goals a season — and if I’m pulled up for two or three I’d be slaughtered.
“Without him, Madrid turn into a team without a defence.
Without him, Varane, Marcelo and Carvajal look like kids playing for the reserve team.”