Sergio Ramos has officially announced his departure from Real Madrid after spending 16 years at the club. During this time, the Spanish centre-back has emerged as one of the best in the world, and here are the pros and cons that Madrid will have to face now that the player is moving on.
Losing a Leader
There are few leaders who are as natural, and fiery as Sergio Ramos. And Real Madrid will definitely have trouble dealing with his absence in the locker room.
Stability at the Backline
Given his experience, and his determination, Ramos provided a sense of calm and leadership to the entire team. In particular, he was the heart and soul of the defense.
Loss of a Goalscorer
The 35-year-old scored over 100 goals for Real Madrid despite being a centre-back. And his finishing ability makes him a very unique defender, which is very unlikely to be fully replaced any time soon.
Chance for Others/New Cycle
With both Ramos and Varane set to leave, the likes of Eder Militao, Nacho Fernandes, David Alaba and Jesus Vallejo will get a chance to make a name for themselves at Madrid.
Wage Bill Cleared
Ramos was one of the highest earners at the club, and they now have a decent amount freed up, aiding them in dire financial circumstances.
With the eventual departure of the Spanish skipper coming sooner than later, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema will all have to step up their leadership roles at the Bernabeu.