The Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos signed for Paris Saint Germain, and pocketed a fortune. Then he disappeared.
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Today, is Sergio Ramos one Galactico too far for Paris Saint-Germain?
There is no doubting Sergio Ramos’ standing as a legend of the modern game.
His numbers speak for themselves – 747 games at club level, a Spanish record 180 for his country, meanwhile scoring a remarkable 139 times… as a centre-back.
But this summer, after 16 seasons at Real Madrid, including six as club captain, Ramos moved on.
He ran down his contract, before being offered an extraordinary deal by the giants of French football, Paris Saint-Germain.
Ramos is being paid a reported six million euros per season at PSG – after tax.
Only, there is one problem – Ramos isn’t playing.
There’s a video on YouTube after Ramos arrived in Paris that shows his medical examination.
It’s a glitzy production that’s been viewed over 2.5 million times.
The medical results were ‘incredible’, according to Paris-based journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi.
The Spanish sports TV station El Chiringuito likened Ramos to a ‘bull’ – he was more like a 25-year-old than a 35-year-old.
But when the season started, Ramos was nowhere to be seen.
He’d suffered a calf injury, which ruled him out for the first 14 games of the league season.
He made his long-awaited debut against Saint Etienne at the end of November, only to pick up another muscular injury which has seen him ruled out for the last two weeks. He missed PSG’s Champions League midweek win against Club Brugge.
This all feeds into a bigger picture with Paris Saint Germain. Ramos was yet another addition to their ‘Galactico’ squad in the summer, which included the acquisitions of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Gini Wijnaldum, and the icing on the cake, Lionel Messi.
Are things going as expected? Up to a point…
PSG are top of Ligue Un by 11 points – although bear in mind they’ve won the French title seven times in the past nine seasons.
But Messi hasn’t been firing in the league, scoring just once in nine appearances.
Ramos’ solitary appearance in the league has meant he’s missed a total of 24 games already, nearly half the amount PSG are likely to play over the course of this season.
However, it’d be remiss of us to not mention one of Ramos’ defining traits – he’s a big game player.
It’s a header from Sergio Ramos… sensational finish – Sergio Ramos the hero of the semi-final for Real Madrid, scores a goal in the 93rd minute which saves their skin in the final.Champions League
He’s scored a key goal in a Champions League final and been a mainstay in Spain’s golden generation of the early 2010s. That’s what he can bring to PSG – if he stays fit.
It’s no secret that the club’s main ambition is to win the Champions League – that’s what the manager Mauricio Pochettino will be judged on, and why they’ve compiled their megastar team.
If Sergio Ramos pops up in the last minute of a Champions League final to score the winner, their investment will be justified.
But currently, it’s just not happening for Ramos.
When he arrived at PSG, he picked the number 4 shirt, saying: “I am quite superstitious about it and I love the number 4… it has followed me throughout my career and my life, bringing with much luck and many victories.”
But the longer Ramos’ problems go on, the more his luck seems to be running out.
Today’s episode was written by Andrew Butler, and produced by Matt Russell.