The Spanish defender joins the list of figures who left the merengue club without the opportunity to say goodbye to football at the club where they were consolidated
Real Madrid made official the departure of Sergio Ramos, one of the most important footballers in the club’s history and who joins the meringue figures who have not been able to retire from the club where they became world stars.
Before the end of the love story between Ramos and Madrid, ESPN Digital reminds great stars of the Spanish team who left in a way that fans did not expect.
The top scorer in the history of the ‘White House’ marked an era in the Real Madrid by establishing himself as one of the most important figures in the history of the club. With more than 450 goals in 438 games, Ronaldo is considered one of the greatest legends, however, in 2018, after winning his fourth Champions League, the Portuguese said goodbye to Madrid and signed with Juventus.
The Mexican established himself as one of the best forwards in the Real Madrid and he was a key piece of the team that shone during the eighties. Unfortunately, the relationship between the Aztec and the club ended negatively with the Spanish management punishing him during the final stretch of the 1991/92 campaign. Sánchez could not say goodbye as he would have liked to the Madrid fans.
Considered the best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid, Casillas shone in the ‘White House’. The Spanish goalkeeper is a product of the merengue quarry and for more than 15 years he defended the goal of the first team, but like Sánchez, his relationship with the club deteriorated and in 2015 he said goodbye to the Real Madrid at a press conference that was marked by the tears shed by the World Champion with Spain in 2010.
The Spanish is for many one of the most outstanding defenders in the history of Madrid and one of the players who best wore the captain’s badge. For 14 seasons, Hierro was in Madrid, however, Fernando, according to various Spanish media, had differences with Florentino Pérez, who decided not to renew Hierro’s contract, who left for football in Qatar.
The ‘Angel of Madrid’ shone in the Spanish capital for 16 years and due to his commitment to the institution, many fans considered him the best representative of what it means to play for a club with Real Madrid but the arrival of José Mourinho to the Merengue bench in 2010 caused Raúl to leave the squad and go to the Bundesliga to continue his career with Schalke 04.
Alfredo Di Stefano
Di Stefano is for a very important percentage of Madridistas the best footballer the club has had in its history. Alfredo won eight leagues with Madrid and was proclaimed five times European champion, but his time at the club would end in an unfortunate way after facing the president and coach in 1964 after losing the European Cup. The situation caused Di Stefano to say goodbye to the Real Madrid and he continued his career with Espanyol, a club from which he would retire.
The Argentine footballer may not be classified as Madrid’s “idols”, but in the 2013/14 campaign he played a key role in helping the club lift its 10th Champions League. Despite his good performances, Di María ended up leaving the Real Madrid ensuring that he did not want to leave the club while Florentino Pérez pointed out that the South American demanded a salary that the club could not pay. In the end, Angel was signed by Manchester Untad.
The Costa Rican was Madrid’s starting goalkeeper during the three Champions League he won consecutively between 2016 and 2018. However, the club surprised when in 2018 he signed Belgian Thibaut Courtois with Navas in a great moment. The Tico ended up leaving for PSG in 2019, pointing out months later to the El Chiringuito program that he did not know why Madrid had stopped trusting him.