By Mukwuzi Joseph
Real Madrid has officially announced that longtime captain Sergio Ramos will leave the club after 16 seasons.
The 35-year-old leaves the Bernabéu as one of the most decorated Real Madrid players in the club’s storied history, having won five La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey and four Champions League titles.
Ramos has made the UEFA Team of the Year nine times, the most ever for a defender. But the former Sevilla academy product also has a well-documented mean streak to him—he also owns the record for most cards in La Liga history.
The Spanish national team captain was a surprise ommission from the Euro 2020 roster following an injury-plagued season where he made the fewest appearances of his Real Madrid career.
And with Carlo Ancelotti returning tio replace Zinedine Zidane as manager, Ramos chose to move on after reportedly seeking a two-year contract. Spanish outlet AS reported earlier this summer that Real was only willing to offer Ramos a one-year extension while also reducing his salary by 10%
After joining Real Madrid from Sevilla in 2005, Ramos went on to record 671 appearances and 101 goals for the club. His tally of 129 goals for club and country is the sixth-most all-time among defenders.
Real Madrid has announced a farewell press conference tomorrow for Ramos, who will now be available on a free transfer.