Sergio Ramos, the legendary Real Madrid captain, will leave the club after 16 years.

Sergio Ramos has become one of the club's most successful players, winning five La Liga crowns, four Champions Leagues, and two Copas del Rey in his 16 years with the club.

Sergio Ramos, the legendary Real Madrid captain

Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid's legendary captain, will retire after a dazzling, trophy-laden career spanning 671 games and 16 seasons, the club announced on Wednesday.

On Thursday, in the presence of Real president Florentino Perez, an "act of honour and farewell" to the four-time Champions League champion will be held.

The news follows an injury-plagued 2020/21 season in which Ramos, 35, played in only 21 games in all competitions, the fewest in his 16-year Madrid career. Since the beginning of the year, he has only played five times.

Because of his lack of playing time, the experienced defender and national team captain was left out of Spanish coach Luis Enrique's Euro 2020 roster.

Ramos arrived at Real Madrid from Sevilla in 2005. The only Spaniard brought in during Perez's first term as president, the first era in which the Galacticos recruited a big superstar every season.

Ramos was a dominant presence at the back for Real, scoring 101 goals for the club, including a 93rd-minute equaliser in the 2014 Champions League final against arch-rivals Atletico Madrid.

After extra time, they dominated their city rivals 4-1, the first of Real's four Champions League victories in five years.

He has won five La Liga championships, four Champions Leagues, and two Copas del Reys, making him one of the club's most decorated players.

Outside of Madrid, he has frequently been a divisive figure, winning the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

Record of red cards

Ramos has the most red cards in La Liga history, with 20, and has been sent off 26 times for Real Madrid in all competitions.

He has been chastised for his violent tackling, notably the notorious takedown of Mohamed Salah during the 2018 Champions League final, which resulted in the Liverpool star's shoulder being dislocated.

Ramos missed games this season after catching COVID-19 and due to injuries to his right thigh, left calf, and left hamstring.

He was included in Madrid's team for the last La Liga match against Villarreal, but he did not play.

According to Spanish media, real and Ramos have been unable to reach an agreement on an extension of his contract, which is set to expire on June 30th.

According to sources, the club intended to offer him a one-year agreement with a 10% salary cut in the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic, but Ramos sought a two-year extension.

Due to the absence of Ramos, who holds the record for most appearances for Spain, Enrique's Euro 2020 team will be devoid of any Madrid players.

Ramos has played 180 times for Spain, scoring 23 goals and ranking ninth among all-time goal scorers in the country.

He played in four World Cups and three European Championships for Spain and was a vital component of the squads that won the 2010 World Cup, as well as the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.

Ramos will be a free agent after June 30, with many major European teams reportedly interested in signing him, including Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

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