Iconic Spanish defender Sergio Ramos joins PSG
After sixteen good years in Madrid, the emblematic Sergio Ramos has therefore decided to change capital. Paris Saint-Germain formalized Thursday the arrival of the central defender and former captain of the “Roja” for the next two seasons. At 35, the living legend of Spanish football has therefore given himself a final challenge in Europe in a club more than ever in search of its first continental title. The former merengue, who failed to agree with Real Madrid for a contract extension, arrives free as the air and will wear the number 4, which he inherited from Madrid legend Fernando Hierro. « Paris today welcomes one of the greatest players of our time », declared Nasser al-Khelaïfi, president of the club.
Trained at Sevilla FC, one of the two main clubs in his native Andalusia, Sergio Ramos is undoubtedly a strong reinforcement for PSG. The central defender has a track record as long as his arm. he has, quite simply, won everything: two Euro (2008 and 2012) and a World Cup (2010) with Spain, five Spanish championships with Real Madrid, four Club World Cups but above all four champions (which is four more than Paris Saint-Germain). So many trophies that he has moreover got into the habit of getting tattooed every day after winning. Ramos is also a man of records. The neo-Parisian is the most capped footballer in the history of the Spanish selection, the defender who has scored the most goals in the history of the Spanish league (72) but also the one who has received the most yellow cards. and reds …
In a Parisian workforce, which already has as many stars as the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival, the defender should, without a doubt, provide all the leadership he is accustomed to. It was he who with an angry head in the last seconds of added time, had allowed Real Madrid to equalize against rival Atlético in the final of the Champions League 2014. Match that his club had finally won 4-1 after extensions.
In recent years, all the players or coaches who have worked with him have, in turn, praised his impact in a group. « Sergio Ramos is the best captain a player could have », summed up his former Real Madrid teammate, German midfielder Toni Kroos, in September 2020. In an Instagram post published on June 17, Zinédine Zidane – who knew Sergio Ramos as a teammate and as a player under his command – had him simply described as « legend » and of « Great captain for history ».
After Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and Moroccan side Achraf Hakimi, who arrived from Liverpool and Inter Milan respectively, Sergio Ramos is therefore the third summer signing of PSG who seems to have strong ambitions for next season. After two consecutive failures in the final and semi-final of the Champions League, the capital club is still chasing a first European title. Paris hopes that the experienced Ramos will be one of those players capable of making it happen. In the meantime, maybe other big names? According to several specialized media, the vice-champion of France would dream of signing the star midfielder of the France team Paul Pogba.