Sergio Ramos was in tears as he bid farewell to Real Madrid supporters during his press conference on Thursday afternoon as he planned to move on to the next chapter of his career.

Ramos was signed in 2005 and he rose to the post of the club captain having spent 16 years with the Spanish capital club, the defender used the word ‘see you later’ rather than a ‘goodbye’ which was the word Zinedine Zidane uttered during his farewell press conference.

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“The moment has come, one of the most difficult in my life; the time has come to say goodbye to Real Madrid. I arrived hand in hand with my father…,” is all Ramos could say before bursting into tears.

“It’s impossible not to get emotional. I would have liked to say goodbye in our stadium, at the [Estadio] Santiago Bernabeu.

“Thank you, Real Madrid. I will always carry you in my heart. It’s the end of a wonderful, unique period in my life, and the beginning of a period of hope and future with a great desire to show my best for many years to come and to be able to add another trophy to my list of honours.

“Thank you very much to everyone. This is more than a goodbye; it’s a see you later, because I’ll be back.”

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