La Liga giants, Real Madrid, have confirmed their inspirational captain and defender, Sergio Ramos, will be leaving Santiago Bernabeu after a 16-year stint with the Los Blancos.
The club also confirmed that they will hold a farewell event today, Thursday, in honour of the 35-year-old.
Ramos left Sevilla in 2005 to join Madrid and has won 5 La Liga and 4 Champions League titles to cement his name as one of club legends of the iconic club.
Sergio holds the record as the only defender to score 100 goals playing in one of Europe’s top five leagues since this century began. He scored a total of 101 goals for both Sevilla and Madrid (3 for Sevilla and 98 for Madrid).
With his goals record for Madrid, he had only been outscored by strikers thus; Cristiano Ronaldo (450) Karim Benzema (279), Raul (225), Gonzalo Higuain (119) and Gareth Bale (105).
As a defender, he does marvelously well also. He played in 206 games in which Madrid kept a clean sheet with only legendary goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, beating him with 243 games.
He played 659 matches for Madrid, got 214 yellow cards and 25 red cards. He had 452 wins (22 for Sevilla, 430 for Madrid).
Ramos leaves the Los Blancos as the 4th player with the most LaLiga appearances for the club with 469 games. He won 22 trophies in all, just one short of Paco Gento who won 23.
Sergio Ramos is not featuring for Spain at the ongoing Euro 2020 as he was not included in the final squad which according to the Spanish Coach, Luis Enrique, was because Ramos “has not been able to compete since January in the right condition, or even train with group.”
Carlo Ancelotti, who recently took over the Santiago Bernabeu dugout, will, most definitely, have some headaches in finding a replacement for this influential, inspirational Madrid legend.
Azuka Edokobi is a Writer and Entrepreneur