Sergio Ramos is officially leaving Real Madrid after 16 years and four Champions League titles.
Madrid has called a news conference for Thursday as “an institutional act of tribute and farewell to our captain Sergio Ramos.”
The 35-year-old defender has failed to agree on a new contract and will leave as a free agent.
Ramos missed much of the past season with injuries and was not selected by Spain for the European Championship.
He was a member of the Spain team which won an unprecedented title hat trick at Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup, and Euro 2012.
He won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship in 2008 and 2012, being named to the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2010, and the UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament in 2012. He made his first appearance for Spain at the age of 18 and, in 2013, he became the nation's youngest player to ever reach 100 caps.
Ramos has scored a remarkable 101 goals in 670 appearances. There's no doubt that Ramos is one of the greatest goal-scoring defenders of all time. But which defenders boast the most goals in football history?
In the 2004–05 season, Ramos appeared in 31 games as Sevilla finished sixth and qualified to the UEFA Cup. In 2005, Ramos transferred to Real Madrid for €27 million. On 6 December 2005, he netted his first goal for the Merengues, in a 2–3 UEFA Champions League group stage loss at Olympiacos FC.
Ramos scored a vital goal in the Spanish Supercup contest against Valencia CF despite the fact Real Madrid playing with only nine men for a long period of time.