Real Madrid – La Liga Current captain into final months of contract
Sergio Ramos‘ contract situation at Real Madrid has turned into somewhat of a soap opera within the club. As of yet, there is no news on an agreement being reached ahead of the captain’s deal expiring in June.
The 34-year-old has always shared a close relationship with president Florentino Perez and he’s never left a contract extension this late.
However, the two parties have been stuck in opposing positions throughout current negotiations, with Los Blancos not budging over their short-term renewals for older players.
Florentino, though, has been here before. In his two stints in charge of Real Madrid, the president has let a handful of stars leave via the backdoor after a breakdown in contract talks.
“Hierro will renew no matter where the club is at,” Florentino said as Real Madrid‘s veteran captain neared the end of his contract in 2003.
Those comments were in March and, by July, Hierro had left. His relationship with the club and its president had declined in the final weeks of the season.
After being eliminated from the Champions League by Juventus, Los Blancos were fighting for the LaLiga Santander title.
Before the trophy was eventually sealed and still with so much in play, Real Madrid announced they’d reached an agreement to sign David Beckham from Manchester United.
“LaLiga is more important than Beckham,” Hierro echoed the sentiments of the Real Madrid dressing room, who didn’t take the announcement well.
In the end, Hierro left on bitter terms when his contract expired, alongside head coach Vicente del Bosque. The defender eventually patched up his relationship with Florentino and returned to the club in a coaching capacity in 2014.
Florentino‘s marquee signing at the beginning of his first term as president, Figo signed a six-year deal upon arriving at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in 2000.
However, after the club had extended the contracts of Roberto Carlos, Raul, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo Nazario, the Portuguese grew impatient.
“The latest I’ve heard from my agent is that the club don’t intend to extend my contract and I’ll have to plan for my future in December,” Figo said on a pre-season tour of Asia in 2004.
Relegated to the bench in his final season with the club, the 32-year-old was allowed to leave for Inter on a free transfer.
Unlike with Hierro and Figo, this matter wasn’t in Florentino’s hands. He had handed over all contract talks to incoming boss Jose Mourinho in 2010.
In the season before Mourinho’s arrival, Raul had lost status within the Real Madrid squad because of the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the summer of 2010, the Spaniard wanted out with a year still left on his contract. Mourinho fully accepted Raul’s wishes and let him leave for Schalke.
Given his current position as Castilla head coach, Raul‘s relationship with Real Madrid and its president doesn’t seem to have wavered.
With Keylor Navas an established first team goalkeeper and the club after David de Gea, Casillas realised his time was up at Real Madrid in the summer of 2015.
The board tried to make his exit seamless but complications and disagreements over the goalkeeper’s pay-off and future earnings at Porto meant exactly the opposite happened.
Real Madrid were due to pay Casillas 25 million euros in the final two years of his contract, which was 15 million more than had been agreed with Porto.
Problems with the Portuguese tax man also emerged, making the captain’s departure from the Bernabeu a fairly tense one.
Casillas decided not to have any club officials or trophies present at his farewell press conference, during which he broke down in tears.
Today, he’s returned to the club as an advisor, mending his relationship with Florentino and his other directors.
Like with Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo‘s contract extensions often caused headaches for those managing them within the club.
Having watched Lionel Messi renew his contract each year at Barcelona, the Portuguese star wanted the same from Florentino and Real Madrid.
After a tetchy first contract extension in 2013, Ronaldo renewed for another five years in 2016, though he would only fulfil two of them.
When Messi signed a new contract worth 50 million euros a year at the Camp Nou, Ronaldo thought he was being reasonable by asking for 30 million euros from Real Madrid. The club didn’t match his demands.
When Ronaldo too had problems with the taxman, he felt disgruntled by the lack of support shown by his club. After winning the Champions League in 2018, he asked to leave.
Florentino agreed to sell the forward for anything over 100 million euros, with Juventus forcing him to keep to his promise.
These days, Florentino and Ronaldo are on good terms after the initial bad blood around the latter’s departure in 2018.