Spain | 17th June 2021 | Virtual Wire
The legendary Madrista himself leaves Real after 16 years, the club confirmed.
Real Madrid honoured Sergio Ramos with a ‘tribute and farewell ceremony’. Joined at the age of 19 in 2005, Ramos now bids adieu as one of Real Madrid’s biggest legends with 671 competitive appearances, 101 goals and 22 trophies.
Ramos departs following a contract disagreement with Real that will soon expire on June 30th 2021. The club offered him a one-year deal with a 10 per cent cut in salary, on account of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, Ramos wanted a two-season extension, according to various sources.
“You can never prepare yourself for this, but the time has come to say goodbye to Real Madrid. I want to thank everyone for putting up with and respecting me: the club, the president for his affection and all of the staff, who are like family to me, the coaches… It’s impossible not to get emotional about this because I’ve been here for many years”.
“This is the end of a unique and marvellous chapter”, declared Sergio Ramos during his farewell speech.
“Thank you for everything you’ve given this club and for having defended our crest and shirt and put your heart and soul into every game and always fought until the end”, stated Florentino Pérez, the club president.
The Real Madrid defender served as captain since 2015 and since then he has brought home a title each term: four Champions Leagues, four Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, five LaLiga titles, two Copas del Rey and four Spanish Super Cups, capturing the hearts of fans. There will be no more Spanish players in the club with Ramos' exit. He was one of the key members of the club who will be dearly missed.
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