Passionate Sergio Ramos bids goodbye to Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos has won 5 La Liga titles, 4 Champions Leagues and 2 Copas del Ray in his 16 years in Real Madrid.
The Madrid Captain, Sergio Ramos shed tears, stating that leaving Real Madrid was the most difficult moment of his life as he bids farewell to the club on Thursday after 16 years at the club.
The defender has 671 caps for Real Madrid and will be remembered as one of the club’s greatest ever players, having won numerous titles with them.
The 35-year-old struggled with fitness and form last season and was unable to agree to an extension to his contract and will make him a free agent on July 1.
Ramos and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez gave short speeches at the club’s training ground, with Ramos’ family in attendance.
“The moment has come, one of the most difficult in my life, because you are never ready to leave Real Madrid,” Ramos said.
“The fans supported me in the good moments and the bad. I would have liked to say goodbye in the stadium.
“A wonderful stage is closing, one that has been unique in my life, but an exciting new chapter begins and I go into it with a lot of desire to show my quality for many years to come.”
He says he wants to “add more titles” to his record and added, “this is not a goodbye but a see you later because sooner or later I will return to Real Madrid”.
Perez stated that it was “not an easy day”, remembering how he signed Ramos at aged 19 from his boyhood club, Sevilla for 27 million euros in 2005.
“He arrived wanting to take on the world,” said Perez. “You are undoubtedly one of the legends of Real Madrid. You have grown as a player here and been our iconic captain for years.”
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