- Real Madrid confirm Sergio Ramos will leave after 16 years at club
- When his contract ends at the end of the month, the 35-year-old will leave.
- On Thursday, Ramos will have his farewell news conference.
Sergio Ramos is leaving Real Madrid after sixteen seasons, 671 appearances, 101 goals, five league titles, and four European Cups. On Thursday, the club’s captain will say his final goodbyes, 13 days before his contract officially expires.
Ramos becomes a free agent on July 1 after failing to strike a deal with president Florentino Pérez to remain. Despite his age, he has no plans to retire, and the centre-future back’s remains uncertain, with rumours connecting him to a number of teams, including Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, and Sevilla.
Despite the fact that the news came as little surprise following months of deadlock in talks over a new contract, and with Ramos’s poor relationship with Pérez being chronicled in the media all too often, Madrid’s statement on Wednesday evening had a significant impact.
Ramos had stated in May 2019 that he “would play for Madrid for free,” but he had requested a new two-year contract with the same €15 million pay, minus a 10% decrease applied to the entire team owing to the coronavirus outbreak. Real only offered a one-year contract and just signed Bayern Munich’s David Alaba on a free transfer. This week’s round of negotiations between Ramos and Pérez failed to break the deadlock.One last round of talks between Ramos and Pérez this week failed to break the deadlock, if indeed there was ever rally any intention of doing so.
Ramos, who joined Madrid from Sevilla for €27 million in 2005 when he was 19 years old, is the only player in the club’s history to have won more medals. He was Pérez’s first Spanish signing, and he went on to win 22 trophies with the club, including the World Cup and two European Championships.
His most memorable goal, scored with the clock on 92.48 in the 2014 Champions League final against Atlético Madrid, was a very captivating figure. That header saved his team, forced extra time, and gave Real their long-awaited 10th European Cup victory.
Ramos’ tenure at the Bernabéu has come to an abrupt end, with injuries limiting him to just four games in 2021 and him being left out of Spain’s Euro 2020 team at a time when he was close in on the all-time record for international caps. He has played 180 times for Spain and has been the manager of Real Madrid 14 times.
His final game for the club was a Champions League semi-final loss at Stamford Bridge when he was not completely healthy, and he sat out the remainder of the season as a result.On Thursday, Ramos will be joined by Pérez for a Bernabéu goodbye.