The Casa Blanca captain is leaving the club and speaking at a press conference in Valdebebas.
A page in the history of Real Madrid will be turned this summer. After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2018, the announcement of the departure of Zinedine Zidane a few weeks ago, it is now Sergio Ramos who will leave the Merengue. It was an open secret but it’s official since last night: the Spain international will not extend his contract with Real Madrid and is leaving the Spanish club after sixteen years of good and loyal service.
OFFICIAL – Sergio Ramos leaves Real Madrid
Arrived at Real Madrid in 2005 from Sevilla FC, Sergio Ramos has become its emblematic captain, wearing the Merengue jersey 671 times and winning, in particular, four Champions League and five Liga. Sergio Ramos had the right to a press conference to say goodbye this Thursday at noon in Valdebebas. The future ex-captain of Real Madrid received, to begin with, a tribute from Florentino Pérez.
“Today is not an easy day. I will not forget September 8, 2005, when Sergio Ramos arrived at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium to be presented. He was 19 years old and had a huge desire to eat the world. It was my first Spanish signing, that of a Camas kid with enormous strength. The signing was not easy, but we were convinced it would mark an era. Sixteen years have passed, dear Sergio, and during this time you have carved out one of the most spectacular careers of this club“, said the president of Real Madrid.
“I want to prove that I have the level for several more years”
“I feel proud. You are a benchmark for our fans and a legend. Here you have forged yourself as a player and you have been the captain. Thank you for standing up for this shield and this shirt, for letting your soul in every game . You will always be the man of La Décima. Today, all the people of Madrid, and me in particular, thank you for what you have given and for having made the legend of this club grow. During this period, you have been something ‘one special to me, that’s why I wish you to be happy with your loved ones wherever you are. It will always be your home“, concluded Florentino Pérez.
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Sergio Ramos, very moved, then took the floor to say goodbye in front of his family and the press: “One of the most difficult times of my life is coming, you are never ready to say goodbye to Real Madrid, but the time has come to do it. I arrived holding my father’s hand … (Tears) I arrived at 19, I was just a child. Today I am a man and I have a family that has always been with me. Thank you first of all to my family, m ‘to have supported and to respect me. I want to thank my club, my president, my teammates, my coaches, all the employees of the club, I consider you as a family. And how not to thank the supporters: they supported me in the good times, in the bad … “.
“I would have liked to say goodbye to the Bernabéu, but it couldn’t be like that. I will always carry you in my heart. I hope you continue to do as well. Thanks to Real Madrid, I will always have you in my heart. 22 titles acquired with sacrifice, effort and professionalism A wonderful and unique stage ends, I don’t think I will see what I have here again. But another opening in which I hope to demonstrate my level for several more years and add titles to my track record. Sooner or later I’ll be back. It’s not always a date, but a date later“, concluded Sergio Ramos.