We do not have much of good news coming out of the Real Madrid camp right now, following a nightmare week that saw them getting eliminated out of title challenges across three different competitions.
Barcelona first ousted them from the Copa del Rey, winning the semi-finals on an aggregate of 4-1 across two legs, before winning 1-0 against them in a La Liga clash, extending their lead at the top to 12 points – effectively ending the Los Blancos’ title challenge there as well.
The worst defeat of all came this Wednesday, when Ajax completed a stunning turnaround, winning 4-1 in the second-leg of the Champions League pre-quarters, also making sure that Madrid’s 2-1 win in the first-leg became useless. The Merengues were hence eliminated from their favourite competition for the first time in 4 years.
The club has since been in complete disarray, reports of unrests of various degrees sprouting up every now and then. It has just been a few hours since it was reported that star defender Sergio Ramos was involved in a “dramatic bust-up” with Madrid president Florentino Perez after the game against Ajax.
And now, The Sun reports that Ramos threatened to leave Madrid following his spat with Perez. The latter apparently blamed the players’ for their supposed lack of flair which have led them to where they are now, but Ramos did not agree. This is what led to the fight, following which the centerback reportedly said, “You pay me and I leave,” before adding:
“I have given everything and I have broken my face for this shield, for this club and even for you.”
Earlier, Ramos performed one of the biggest blunders of his career by getting suspended from the second-leg game against Ajax. He was so confident of qualification to the next stage, that he got himself yellow-carded to avoid a similar situation later on. He then watched the second-leg game from the stands, while also doing something interesting in the meantime.
It turns out that he will not be suspended anymore after all, as Real Madrid are out of the Champions League. Sad jokes aside, the Spaniard is still not ready to give up, with the rest of the season still lying ahead of them.
Hopefully Ramos will use that last vestige of hope in him and spearhead a revival at the earliest, instead of leaving the team in bigger shambles by quitting.