One of the reasons Sergio Ramos feels unhappy at Real Madrid and apparently wants to leave the Bernabeu is because of the preferential treatment shown towards Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Martin Odegaard.
This isn’t the Spain international’s main problem with his current employers - wanting an improved contract and feeling disappointed that Real Madrid failed to dismiss recent reports linking him with a shock move to Barcelona are primary reasons for his annoyance - but it’s an issue nonetheless.
This is according to Spanish newspaper AS, who claim Ramos has become the latest in the ever-growing list of Bernabeu favourites to fall out with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
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They cite Fernando Redondo, Raul, Iker Casillas, Vicente del Bosque, Fernando Hierro, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlo Ancelotti - popular Real Madrid players and coaches of past and present - as men who have fallen out with the uncompromising Perez.
The report suggests Ramos feels Perez overprotects those who aren’t nearly as popular amongst the club’s supporters - including Benzema, Bale and 16-year-old Odegaard - while showing animosity towards players who have done far more for the club over the years.
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Ramos feels he deserves more money
Indeed, Real Madrid would not have won their tenth European Cup in Lisbon in May 2014 without Ramos, whose last-gasp equaliser against Atletico Madrid sent the Champions League final into extra-time.
The 29-year-old will be acutely aware this could be his last opportunity to negotiate one final lucrative contract before he begins to decline and, subsequently, wants an improved deal. Perhaps understandably, he feels he has done enough to earn better terms, too.
Ramos earns between €6 and €7 million-a-year after tax, according to the Guardian, which is below what the likes of Bale, Benzema and Casillas take home.
Furthermore, it’s a massive €12 million-a-year less than the figure Ronaldo earns every year. While Ramos might not score 50 goals a season for Los Blancos, he has been outstanding at the opposite end of the pitch since arriving at the Bernabeu from Sevilla 10 years ago.
Man United unlikely to sign Ramos or keep De Gea
Manchester United are interested in signing Ramos and feel they have a chance of negotiating a deal involving their wantaway goalkeeper David de Gea.
However, the most likely scenario is that Ramos will eventually be offered a better deal - much in the same way Barcelona’s Dani Alves was earlier this month - and the Spain international will line up at the Bernabeu alongside his compatriot De Gea next season.
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