Three dates that ended Sergio Ramos' Real Madrid career
Sergio Ramos’ time at Real Madrid increasingly appears that it is over.
The iconic centre-back is out of contract at the end of June and appears no closer to agreeing a deal with the club he has spent the last 16 years with.
A rift has grown between Ramos and the board, with the defender notably omitted from the club’s promotional kit videos.
Onda Cero reports that one of the divisive factors in the case has been Ramos’ resistance against the squad deducting 10% from their salaries in recent months in a bid to help the club save money during the pandemic. It is stated that he feels this money will simply be used in a bid to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain.
However, trouble has been brewing for Ramos at Real Madrid for several years, only for it to finally reach a breaking point.
Why Ramos is leaving Real Madrid
The first flashpoint between the defender, who was a notable omission from Spain’s Euro 2020 squad, and the board arrived in 2015. Ramos is said to have forced through an offer from Manchester United that allowed him to negotiate his contract with Real Madrid upwards.
Then came the 2019 Champions League quarter-final loss to Ajax. After the stunning 4-1 home loss, president Florentino Perez and Ramos had an angry exchange in the dressing room.
Finally, Ramos was angered by the way his transfer request to the Chinese Super League was handled later in 2019. Following the formal declaration that he wished to leave, he felt shamed publicly by Perez, who told the media that Ramos was already the best-paid player in Real Madrid’s squad.
With David Alaba arriving on a free transfer from Bayern Munich, Real Madrid are finally set to enter the post-Ramos era at the Bernabeu and they are poised to do it on their terms rather than those of the defender.