Paris Saint Germain defender, Sergio Ramos, has stressed that he still has four to five years to play at the top even though he is not enjoying regular game time at his current club.
Sergio Ramos made his name in the world of football when he was playing for Real Madrid between 2005 and 2021. He joined the Spanish giants from Sevilla for a transfer fee worth €27 million.
In his 16 years of reign at the Spanish club, Sergio Ramos played 671 games in all competitions in which he scored 101 goals and provided 40 assists.
While at Real Madrid, Ramos helped the club to win five La Liga titles, two Spanish Cups, four Spanish Super Cups, four UEFA Champions League, three UEFA Super Cups, and four FIFA Club World Cups.
Despite his impact on Real Madrid, the Spanish club failed to meet Sergio Ramos’ wage demands ahead of the expiration of his contract. Hence, he left the club for PSG in August 2021.
Since he joined the star-studded French Ligue 1 giants, the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner has managed to play just seven games in all competitions for PSG in which he scored a goal.
The former Spain national team captain has been struggling to get regular game time at PSG because of his fitness level and his drop in form.
Despite that, the 36-year-old Spanish center-back whose current transfer market value is €8 million, stressed that he still has four or more years to play football professionally.
“Between four or five more years at a high level,” Ramos said in an interview with former French footballer Ludovic Giuly, who is now working for Amazon Prime France.
“And then, another experience. Here in Paris, I have two years [on my contract].
“We’ll try to make it three; one more. Then we’ll see. As long as my physique holds up, I think my head is very well focused…
“I prefer to play for the best team in the world because in the end football is a team sport and it’s about winning things.
“Before being individually the best in the world, I’d prefer to play in World Cups, Champions Leagues… You always need the help of your team.”
Sergio Ramos rates international football above club football
Sergio Ramos is one of the few footballers in the world that has won everything in football both at the club and national team levels.
Before he stopped featuring for Spain national team, Ramos who made his international debut on March 26, 2005, played 180 games in all competitions in which he scored 23 goals.
Ramos helped Spain to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and also helped the country to win two European Championships.
When Ludovic Giuly asked Ramos to rate between playing for a club and playing for a country, the 36-year-old iconic defender said it is always special to play for one’s country.
“The feeling of your homeland, your country… it’s always something very, very big,” Ramos said.
“After that, you owe a lot to your team. You have to play well for your team to go to your national team.
“It’s a similar feeling, but at the same time different. I couldn’t say a club or national team. They are both unique feelings. It’s true that with the national team you can aspire to be world champion.”
Sergio Ramos who is a father of four children, Alejandro, Marco, Sergio, and Máximo, has until June 30, 2023, before his contract with PSG expires.
Based on the contract he signed with PSG in 2021, Ramos, the husband of Pilar Rubio reportedly earns €500,000 per month after tax at PSG.