The time of Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid is over and the legendary career of the Sevillian defender after 16 seasons at the white club is over. 14 days after finishing his contract, Sergio Ramos will say goodbye to Real Madrid this Thursday at the Ciudad Deportiva de Valdebebas, having not reached an agreement to renew his commitment to the entity that demanded a 10% salary reduction and a season more. Despite the fact that in recent days there had been speculation about a rapprochement between Sergio Ramos and Florentino Pérez for the Real Madrid captain to extend his contract, on Wednesday night it was the merengue club that was in charge of publicly announcing his farewell and an act of tribute to one of the best players in his history, who recently suffered a blow when he was left out of the European Championship and was unable to defend the Spanish team.
Sergio Ramos, who claimed Real Madrid for two more seasons of contract and was not in dispute to lower his salary, left the Merengue club at 35 years of age. His future is uncertain, perhaps outside of Spanish football, with Sevilla and the Whites as the only two teams in his fruitful career, upset since last February by an operation on his left knee, in which he dragged discomfort in the meniscus, and with his negotiations with Real Madrid completely stalled. Four-time European champion with Real Madrid and five-time League champion, Sergio Ramos leaves the white team an orphan of leadership, as Florentino Pérez and his managers feared when he refused to accept just one more season with a reduction of salary forced by the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The veteran player from Camas and Florentino Pérez will stage this Thursday the farewell to the myth and the footballer will later offer a telematic press conference to explain the reasons for his departure. It has been many months since the negotiations between both parties were stuck and the resolution could not be other than the goodbye of Sergio Ramos, who wanted to retire from football in the team he arrived in 2005 from Sevilla to be part of a mythical team and move on to captain him on and off the pitch. The signing of the Austrian central defender from Bayern Munich, David Alaba, announced by Real Madrid on May 28, although it had already been closed since the beginning of the year, was a good sign that Sergio Ramos had no future in the Madrid team.
With the departure of Ramos, as happened in his day with Iker Casillas, a glorious era closes at Real Madrid, which definitively declared the offer that he presented to the player in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League, against Atalanta, on February 24. Real Madrid never wanted to renew their captain for two more years, Sergio Ramos was not willing to sign just one and, although both parties have wanted to postpone the deadlines as long as possible, they have not waited for June 30 to make official a news that He leaves Real Madrid and the footballer wounded and saddened in a complicated situation, when his dream was to continue being part of the most successful team in Europe, which is now heading towards a renewal after another farewell that was sung, that of Zinedine Zidane.
A vintage race:
- 22 white titles:
Four Champions League, five Leagues, two King’s Cups, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups and four Spanish Super Cups.
- Second most awarded Real Madrid player:
Only Paco Gento surpasses him in trophies as a madridista, with 23, as he is even with Marcelo and Sanchís.
- 16 seasons at Real Madrid:
Six of them as captain. Only four players add more campaigns in the Chamartín club: Gento and Miguel Ángel, with 18, and Santillana and Sanchís, with 17.
- 671 games:
Fourth in the history of Madrid with the most games played. Raúl, Casillas and Sanchís surpass him.