Sergio Ramos Completes Sensational Return to Boyhood Club Sevilla on a One-Year Deal After 18 Years

Sergio Ramos Completes Sensational Return to Boyhood Club Sevilla on a One-Year Deal After 18 Years

After both Sergio Ramos and defending French Ligue 1 champion Paris Saint-Germain agreed not to extend the former’s contract at the French capital, the Spanish free agent has finally decided on his future, that is, completing a remarkable return to his boyhood club Sevilla on a free transfer. Sergio Ramos, 37 this year, has left Paris Saint-Germain after spending two seasons there to rejoin the Spanish La Liga and seven-time UEFA Europa League winner Sevilla; The length of his latest transfer is said to be a year, with a possibility that the defender might retire at the club he graduated from as a youth.

Sergio Ramos Returning to Sevilla After Almost Two Decades

Born in Camas, Seville, Sergio Ramos graduated from his hometown club Sevilla’s youth system and featured in their reserve team before emerging as an outstanding talent for the senior squad. Despite being only a teenager, the feisty defender was able to collect a total of 42 appearances in his second season with the club, attracting the mighty Los Blancos to sign him for €27 million, which is a record for a Spanish defensive player.

Sergio Ramos continued to thrive with the Galácticos and spent 16 seasons with the team in all white with six of them being the first captain of the team. Though he is infamously known for his outrageous personality and poor disciplinary record, one cannot deny his importance to the backline and leadership presence to Real Madrid. All these traits were translated into five league titles, four UEFA Champions League trophies, three UEFA Super Cups and four FIFA Club World Cups in addition to domestic cup honours in his 671 appearances for Los Blancos. He then departed from Spain and played for Paris Saint-Germain for two seasons, winning three major silverwares at the French capital as a result.

In terms of international level, Sergio Ramos is the most capped player in the history of Spain men’s international football at 180 appearances during the span of 2005 to 2021, notching 23 goals over 17 years of an illustrious international football career. In his participation for the La Roja squad, Sergio Ramos helped Spain capture two UEFA Euro honours as well as the country’s inaugural FIFA World Cup to date, and only decided to retire due to injuries and the current Spain head coach Luis de la Fuent’s decision to not include him for national squad considerations.

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Sergio Ramos On Returning to Sevilla

In light of his return to the club, Sergio Ramos issued an official statement that reads: “Hello Sevillistas. Today is a very special day for me, very exciting. I’m finally coming home. I’m looking forward to that moment, to wear this shirt again and put this crest back on my chest, “It has been 18 years since I left. I think I have made mistakes and I want to take this opportunity to apologise to any Sevillista who may have felt offended by gestures I may have made at the time.”

He concluded his statement by saying “We are all in the same boat and we are all part of the same family. I’ve come to join in, to row in the same direction, and I’m looking forward to stepping foot in the Sánchez-Pizjuán and meeting you all again It (return) was a debt I owed to myself, to my family, to my grandfather, to my father. I hope to see you very soon. I come here to give my all and to achieve the objectives with the team”. 

Sergio Ramos’s return to Sevilla certainly attracted mixed reactions from the public. On one hand, fans are happy to see the player playing for his boyhood club once again, but on the other hand, others are still furious with several things Sergio Ramos had done in the past, especially his decision to leave Sevilla for the Spanish outfit’s domestic rivals Real Madrid almost two decades ago.

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Sevilla FC’s Official Statement

In conjunction with his return to his boyhood club, Sevilla released a statement that reads “Sevilla FC have reached an agreement for the signing of Sergio Ramos. The academy graduate is returning to the club 18 years after he signed for Real Madrid in 2005, aged 19. Ramos, who was a free agent after his time at Paris Saint-Germain, arrived in the city this morning for his medical and has signed a one-year deal with the club. Born in Camas, a few kilometres from Sevilla city centre, on 30th March 1986, Sergio joined the Sevilla FC academy aged seven, and progressed through the ranks before making his reserve-team debut aged 16, in the 2002/03 season”.

The club continued to add: “The following season, Joaquín Caparrós gave the youngster his first-team debut on 1st February 2004, replacing Paco Gallardo in a 1-0 loss away at Deportivo La Coruña. He made seven appearances that season, and quickly became a mainstay in the starting XI. In the 2004/05 season, Sergio was a starter, making 31 appearances in the league and scoring twice. He also featured in four Copa del Rey and six in the UEFA Cup, scoring against CD Nacional in the team’s first European match in the 21st century.”

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When Is Sergio Ramos’s Second Debut for Sevilla?

As teams are heading for their first international break of the 2023/2024 Season and Sergio Ramos has not played a competitive match since his last appearance for Paris Saint-Germain in June, it would be interesting to see when the 37-year-old Spanish centre-back will be having his second debut for his boyhood club Sevilla. We would boldly predict the much anticipated match will come some time around the end of this month, where Sevilla will be having a packed schedule with domestic and European club competition obligations.

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