Real Madrid supporters have endured a difficult few of years. From the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane to the most recent UEFA Super League catastrophe, the club and its fans have had to deal with a lot.
Things appeared to be settling down at one point, but then came the news of their leader Sergio Ramos’ departure, which hit Madridistas like a hurricane.
Despite being hailed as a club legend, the former Real Madrid and Spain captain joins the likes of Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo in departing without a suitable send-off.
The talisman of Los Blancos spent 16 seasons at the Bernabeu. Sergio Ramos has always been more than a centre-back during his time at Real Madrid. As and when the situation dictated, he has played defense, goal-scorer, leader, and even bad boy (Ramos owns the dubious record of being the most carded player in Europe’s top five leagues – 191).
The team flourished under Capitan’s guidance, winning three Champions League trophies (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19), as well as two La Liga titles (2016-17, 2019-2020).
The ferocious center defender is well-known for his aerial, goal-scoring, and tackling prowess. Real Madrid will face a difficult problem in replacing Ramos, who has filled various vacancies at the club.
Sergio Ramos didn’t take long to establish himself at the Santiago Bernabeu after joining from Sevilla in 2005. Since then, he’s been terrific for the Spanish giants.
Ramos leaves the Spanish city with great numbers and as a true icon after 16 seasons. He’s made 671 appearances (4th most in team history) and scored 101 goals.
With five La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, two Copa del Rey titles, four Spanish Super Cup titles, three UEFA Super Cup titles, and four FIFA Club World Cup titles, the Spaniard has an impressive trophy collection.
Ramos became the fifth player after Ral, Samuel Eto’o, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Leo Messi to score in two different Champions League Finals after scoring in the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final.
Despite the fact that his Real Madrid career was cut short, the ‘number four’ will live on in the hearts of Real Madrid supporters. Let’s take a look at Sergio Ramos’ top 5 moments at the club as the team bids farewell to one of their best players ever.
5 Real Madrid versus Bayern Munich | UEFA Champions League 2013-14 Semi Final
Real Madrid had to wait 12 years to add their 10th Champions League trophy to their trophy cabinet.
The win came under the guidance of then-coach Carlo Ancelotti, but it would not have been possible without Sergio Ramos, who played a key role with Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Galacticos came into the Allianz Arena with a 1-0 first-leg lead. Real Madrid knew it wouldn’t be easy to win away from home. Especially against Bayern Munich, led by Pep Guardiola, who were unstoppable at home.
Bayern initially dominated possession, but only during the first 15 minutes of the game. Real Madrid’s vice-captain scored two goals in four minutes to give the visitors a comfortable advantage.
The hosts were hard hit by the turning tide, and Pep’s men were thought to be buckling under duress. Real Madrid took advantage of the circumstances and added two more goals, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ancelotti’s team cruised through their opponents with a 5-0 victory (aggregate). Sergio Ramos, once again, rose to the occasion and caught his opponents off guard.
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, #4 | La Liga 2016-17
In La Liga, Real Madrid has recently failed to meet Barcelona’s standards. The Spanish giants, on the other hand, gave their fans optimism for a triumph in the 2016-17 season. That, too, after a four-year wait!
Zidane’s side got off to a fantastic start in the season, being undefeated until they came to Camp Nou.
Real Madrid had a shaky start in front of 93,000+ Barca fans, and they appeared to be under siege. For the majority of the game, the Catalans controlled possession and the scoreboard.
As the game progressed, the Blaugrana were given a scare when Sergio Ramos headed a cross from Dani Carvajal just inches above the crossbar in the 86th minute.
The home team had no idea what was in store for them. Sergio Ramos knocked home a freekick taken by Luka Modric in the 90th minute. With the score, Madrid was able to tie the game and keep their unbeaten record alive.