Sergio Ramos brandit le trophée de la Ligue des Champions le 26 mai 2018 à Kiev (AFP/Archives - Paul ELLIS)

Sergio Ramos, the legendary Real Madrid captain, will leave the Spanish club where he served for sixteen years and won four Champions Leagues and five Spanish trophies.

The club said in a statement on Wednesday that a celebration in honor of the centre-back, whose contract expires on June 30, will take place at 10:30 a.m. GMT on Thursday in the presence of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. This ceremony will be followed by a virtual press conference for the player.

Meanwhile, Ramos changed his Twitter account comment on Wednesday, adding the Real Madrid logo alongside the word “thank you”.

Ramos, 35, has worn the Merengue shirt since 2005, which has won the Champions League four times (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018) and five times (2007, 2008, 2012, 2017, 2020). .

The announcement puts an end to speculation about the possible extension of Ramos, who has not been selected by Spanish coach Luis Enrique to play the European Championship.

“After a few months of turmoil and an extraordinary and special season for what I’ve lived through throughout my career, the Euro comes,” Ramos said in a message on social networks in May when he learned he had “not been called”.

“It hurts me not to be able to help my team more and not defend Spain, but in this case, I better rest, fully recover, and next year, come back as we have always done.” he added.

Sergio Ramos holds the Champions League trophy on May 26, 2018 in Kiev (AFP / Archive – Paul Ellis)

According to the Spanish press, Real Madrid offered the player an extra year by reducing his salary by 10%, while Ramos wanted a two-year extension.

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Her destination was not mentioned in the club’s press release.

Originally from Camas, on the outskirts of Seville in Andalusia (south), Ramos trained at the Seville club. He made his professional debut there in 2004-05 in one season before joining Real Madrid at the age of nineteen, which he acquired for 27 million euros.

– ‘End of an era’ –

A stubborn center back, he is also a top scorer thanks to his excellent header. He scored more than a hundred goals for Real Madrid in sixteen seasons.

He was also a key part of the team from Spain, world champions in 2010 and European champions in 2008 and 2012. He scored 23 goals in 180 international matches.

In 16 seasons with Merengo, Sergio Ramos won 22 titles, divided into 4 Champions Leagues, 3 European Super Cups, 4 Club World Cups, 5 Spanish Leagues, 2 King’s Cups and 4 Super Cups.

Sergio Ramos during the 2022 World Cup qualifier match between Spain and Kosovo on March 31, 2021 in Seville.

Sergio Ramos during the 2022 World Cup qualifier match between Spain and Kosovo on March 31, 2021 in Seville.

Ramos is the second most successful player in Real Madrid’s history, surpassed only by the legendary Paco Gento, who remains the club’s honorary president at the age of 87.

With 671 games and 101 goals scored, Ramos is the fourth player to defend Merengue’s shirt most often, behind Raul Gonzalez, Iker Casillas and Manolo Sanchez.

His last season at Real Madrid suffered from many injuries. He injured his right thigh, left calf, and left hamstring. He also contracted Covid-19.

Reactions to his departure were swift on social media: “Departure of the greatest legend in Real Madrid’s history. I wish you good luck in your next step, brother,” wrote German footballer Mesut Ozil, Ramos’ former Real Madrid teammate.

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“It’s the end of an era,” former Merengue player and now commentator Alvaro Benito remarked.

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