Seven matches. That is the number of encounters in which Sergio Ramos, 35, has participated since 2021 began. A total of 446 minutes in which injuries, lack of continuity and his failed renewal with Madrid have caused this year, for the moment, to be the worst of his sports career. All this despite his signing for PSG.
January 14, 2021 was Ramos’ last ‘normal’ meeting this year. The camero played the 90 minutes of the match that faced Madrid against him Athletic Bilbao on the Rose garden in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup (victory 1-2 for Athletic). From that meeting began the Annus horribilis of Ramos. Given the continuous discomfort in his left knee, the center-back decided to undergo a meniscus operation in February. Thus, he was out for two months until he returned to the playing fields on March 13 to get a league win against Elche (2-1). In that game Ramos played 62 ‘. Little by little the Andalusian was accumulating minutes: 64 ‘ against Atalanta (3-1 for Madrid) in the second round of the Champions League, 46 ‘ in the draw of Spain against Greece and 4′ in the Spanish victory against Kosovo.
Ramos matches in 2021
|Jan 6||OSA 0-0 RMA||90 ‘|
|Jan 14||RMA 1-2 ATH||90 ‘|
|13-mar||RMA 2-1 ELC||62 ‘|
|16-mar||RMA 3-1 ATA||64 ‘|
|25-mar||ESP 1-1 GRE||46 ‘|
|31-mar||ESP 3-1 KOS||4′|
|May 5||CHE 2-0 RMA||90 ‘|
And it is that those parties with the Spanish Selection marked a new crack in the sporting year of Ramos. The camero, who had not yet completed a game with Madrid since he returned from his injury, decided to join Luis Enrique’s list despite not being at his best physically. Of the three games that Spain played in that call, they played 46 ‘in the first and in the second against Georgia (1-2 for Spain), Ramos did not play for a single minute. For this reason, many were surprised that in the next game (March 31) he came out in the final minutes to get to be the Spanish player with the most caps in the history of the national team, with 180 games. The problem was that in those 4 ‘he went out to the field, the camero was injured again, this time in the inner calf of the left leg.
Back in may
A month after the match with the Spanish National Team, Ramos returned to the pitch to face Chelsea in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals (Chelsea 2-0 Madrid). Zidane surprised with the camero in the starting eleven after having been a month without competing. However, Ramos completed the ninety minutes of the match, although not at the level he is remembered for. The Sevillian was slow, with a lack of rhythm and with great problems to stop the rapid attacks of the English team. That was Ramos’ last meeting with Madrid. A game that does not summarize, at all, his 16 seasons as a target. In the remaining league matches Ramos did not participate in any and in the last of the competition, against Villarreal (2-1 for Madrid) and of vital importance for the Madrid team since LaLiga, the camero, was played, despite being on the bench, he did not play for a minute.
A busy summer
If the sports season for Ramos was bad, the summer period did not improve much. On May 24, Luis Enrique announced the list of players who were going to play Euro 2020 with a great absence: Sergio Ramos, captain of the National Team, was not called up. Luis Enrique claimed that the center-back did not arrive in the best physical shape at the tournament, although for Ramos, it was a decision that he still feels hurt about.
Later the final chapter of the renovation would come. After a year of disputes with Florentino Pérez for getting a two-year contract extension, on June 17 the defender announced that he was leaving Madrid. Of course, with a story that shook all the media. The center-back stated that at the last minute he had accepted the club’s proposal but that Madrid had already withdrawn the offer. Thus, after arriving at the white team at the age of 19 from Sevilla, Ramos’ history with Real Madrid was over. On July 8, his transfer to PSG became official.
No luck in Paris for now
His arrival to the Parisian team has not changed the course of this 2021 for Ramos. When he had already recovered from his injury, at the end of July he was injured again with PSG. His fourth injury so far in 2021, this time, to the soleus of his left leg. And is that despite the team that PSG has put together this season, the former Madrid player has not yet been able to make his debut with his teammates. From PSG they point out that the defender “progresses gradually with his recovery” and that he will return, if everything goes as planned, after the national team break, that is, from September 8th.
These eight months of 2021 have been the worst of his career. A sporting career associated with success that makes a big difference from this year. However, Ramos wants to show that he still has football in his boots and that he can return to his best level. The central defender wants to triumph at PSG and return to the Spanish National Team. Its objective is the Qatar World Cup. Ramos has a rematch and wants to show again that he is one of the best players in the world.