Sergio Ramos: When Real Madrid legend realised he wasn't captain anymore at PSG

Sergio Ramos: When Real Madrid legend realised he wasn't captain anymore at PSG

During a glittering career at Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos won pretty much everything there was to win, much of it as captain.

Having celebrated five La Liga titles and four Champions League wins with Los Blancos, Ramos departed the Bernabeu when his contract expired last summer – after 16 years in the Spanish capital.

Making the headline-grabbing switch to Paris-Saint Germain on a two-year deal, Ramos took to Twitter to hail the Ligue 1 giants as the “best club” for him and his future.

“The best place to keep on dreaming, the best club to keep on winning,” wrote Ramos. We’re going to fight with everything we have for everything. Allez.

“PSG is a club that has already proven itself at the highest level. I want to continue to grow and improve at Paris and help the team to win as many trophies as possible.”

A statement packed full of positivity, but Ramos’ first season in the French capital could hardly have gone any worse.

Ramos alongside Messi and Donnarumma at PSG presentation
PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 14: New signings, Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain pose for a photo as they are introduced to the fans prior to the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint Germain and Strasbourg at Parc des Princes on August 14, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In an injury-ravaged campaign, the 36-year-old managed just twelve appearances in Ligue 1 last term, four of which came as a substitute. He also failed to play a single minute in the Champions League for the club.

So rarely did Ramos pull on a PSG shirt in 2021/22, that a pre-season promotional video shot by the club turned out to be one of the few times fans actually saw him decked out in their full home kit.

The clip quickly went viral, but perhaps not quite for the reasons that PSG intended.

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During the 10-second clip, Ramos can clearly be seen checking his sleeve for the captain’s armband that he wore so proudly at Real for six years.

When the reality of his move dawns on him, the poor guy looks genuinely devastated for a few moments.

His reaction still hits us in the feels almost a year later and you can check it out for yourself below.

Watch: Sergio Ramos looked so sad when he realised he wasn’t Real Madrid captain anymore after joining PSG

After such a long association with Real, his momentary slip is certainly understandable.

His time at PSG so far may not have been everything he was hoping for, to say the least, but the veteran defender still believes he can compete with Europe’s elite for many years to come.

“I would like to play between four and five more years at the top level and then live another experience,” he told Amazon Prime, per The Metro.

Ramos at Real Madrid
MADRID, SPAIN – JULY 02: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates his team’s first goal during the Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Getafe CF at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on July 02, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

“We will try to do three [years at PSG] and then we’ll see. As long as my physical condition holds up, I think I can keep my mind focused.

“I prefer to play in the best team in the world than to be the best player because in the end football is a collective sport and it is about winning as a team.”

Ambitious plans, particularly given his injury struggles.

Whether PSG are on board for a long-term association with Ramos seems doubtful. They certainly didn’t get a great return for their €7.3 million salary in the Spaniard’s opening year at the club.

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