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Which team will Sergio Ramos play for? Defender rejects Saudi Arabia for a return home to Sevilla
The Spanish defender has had a last minute change of heart, and he looks set to shock everyone with his next decision.
Sergio Ramos appears to have made a decision on his future and will now play for Spanish LaLiga side, Sevilla, after having already agreed a move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad.
After touted moves to MLS, Turkey and Mexico, the ex-Real Madrid defender finally had an agreement in principle with Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad, where former teammate Karim Benzema plays. However, his childhood club Sevilla appear to have caved in and made contact with the player, who had his heart set on a return to where he made his name.
As for his history with Sevilla, Ramos joined the youth team in 1996 and broke through into the B team, Sevilla Atlético, in 2003; a year later he was promoted to the senior team. He played both as a centre-back and full-back for Sevilla before making the move to Real Madrid. The move was seen as treason by the Sevilla fans, who openly rejected Ramos’ advances to amend the burnt bridges caused by the controversial transfer to an ‘enemy’ team. However, it seems that with the passing of time, olive branches have been offered and accepted.
What position does Ramos play?
It was during this time that Ramos made an impact on the national team, and was called up in 2005 to play as a right-back in the side. He featured heavily for Spain and won Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa playing on the right side of defence. When the time came to play in Euro 2012, Ramos had fully made the switch to centre-back and had furthered his reputation as a big game player. As you will know, he and Spain also won that trophy.
His biggest moment in a football shirt at club level arguably came in 2014, when he scored the equalising goal for Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final against Atlético, taking the game to extra-time and ultimately guiding his team to their tenth European Cup.
Ramos succeeded at PSG, despite lack of European trophies
He left Real Madrid after 16 seasons in the capital having played over 400 games for the club and scored 72 goals. The 37-year-old played for the last 2 seasons at Paris Saint Germain, where his level did not disappoint and he featured 49 times, scoring 4 goals. He left Pais having won two Ligue 1 titles and a Trophée de Champions.
And now, he is back where it all began, at Sevilla. New Sporting Director, Victor Orta, had ruled out the operation, saying that Ramos did not fit in the economic plan of the club. However, perhaps given the defensive frailties we have seen from the Spanish club during the start of the season, an experienced centre-back with a love of the shirt is a necessary addition.