Sergio Ramos, a former Real Madrid stalwart considered one of the best defenders in the world, has signed a two-year contract deal with French club Paris Saint-Germain, the club announced Thursday.
Ramos, now 35, has won the UEFA Champions League four times with Real Madrid and is the World Cup champion and Spain's two-time European champion.
The veteran, who has won 180 caps and scored 23 goals for his country, came to Paris Saint-Germain, eager to add experience to their team for another attack on the elusive first Champions League title.
Ramos said in a statement from Paris Saint-Germain: "This is a huge change in my life, a new challenge, and a day I will never forget."
Paris Saint-Germain Sports Director Leonardo has also brought in Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool and Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi from Italian champion Inter Milan because the Parisians seek the right combination to conquer Europe and persuade French striker Kylian Mbappe to sign a new deal after 2022.
Ramos tweeted (translated in English), "The best place to keep dreaming, the best club to keep winning. We will fight with everything and for everything."
Ramos, who made it to Sevilla before joining Real Madrid in 2005, played nearly 500 appearances for Los Blancos, building their defence over 16 seasons and winning La Liga five times.
He also scored several notable goals — especially when he equalized injury-time against city rivals Atletico in the 2014 UEFA Champions League final.
Real Madrid won 4-1 to clinch their tenth tournament win, while Ramos remained the team's mainstay, winning four continental titles in five seasons from 2016 to 2018 under French coach Zinedine Zidane.
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