Sergio Ramos' Emotional Sevilla Return & Manchester United's Champions League Squad
Sergio Ramos Returns to Sevilla with Emotion and Takes Subtle Dig at Former Madrid Teammates, while Manchester United Unveils Champions League Squad with All New Signings; Including Antony.
Sergio Ramos Returns to Sevilla, Takes a Swipe at Former Madrid Teammates
After 18 years away from his hometown, Sergio Ramos has made an emotional return to Sevilla, turning down lucrative offers from Saudi Arabian clubs, The football icon, who had been a target for several Saudi clubs during the summer transfer window, didn't mince words as he took a subtle dig at his former Real Madrid teammates for making the move to Saudi Arabia, suggesting their motivations were purely financial.
While Ramos's return to Sevilla was greeted with excitement by fans, it's worth noting that he's opted for a considerably lower salary compared to the mega-deals he was offered in Saudi Arabia, Ramos will earn just one million euros per season with Sevilla, while Al Ittihad dangled a staggering 22 million euros before him, However, Ramos has consistently emphasized that his decision was not driven by money.
In his first interview as a La Liga player for Sevilla, the 37-year-old defender shed light on his motivations for returning to his first team and indirectly criticized Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently ply their trade in the Saudi league, Ramos said, "I had the opportunity to continue in Paris for two years, but I didn't see it. I have always been moved by impulses and heart, not by money, That's why I didn't go to Arabia or the MLS."
He continued, "That's why I risked the call until the minute 93 to sign for Sevilla, Sometimes everything happens for a reason, and I believe in energy, For me, it was a dream to return here."
Sergio Ramos's heartfelt return to Sevilla demonstrates his commitment to his passion for the game and the connection he shares with his beloved hometown club, putting values above financial gains, a sentiment that sets him apart from some of his peers who've chosen a different path.
Manchester United Unveils Champions League Squad with All New Signings; Antony Included
Manchester United, gearing up for another thrilling Champions League campaign after earning their spot by way of the Europa League in the 2021/22 season, recently disclosed their squad list for the prestigious European competition, The Red Devils have made significant reinforcements to their roster, setting the stage for a formidable challenge to capture silverware.
In an announcement made on Tuesday, Manchester United confirmed the inclusion of all their summer transfer window acquisitions in the squad list, underlining their determination to make an impact on the continent.
Erik ten Hag's squad is bracing itself for encounters with heavyweights like Bayern Munich, FC Copenhagen, and Galatasaray as their European adventure kicks off on September 20th, Their first clash will see them cross swords with Bayern Munich at the iconic Allianz Arena.
Amidst the anticipation, Brazilian winger Antony, who is currently under investigation for allegations of sexual abuse against his former partner, received the call-up from his current manager, signaling his inclusion in the squad.
Furthermore, Alejandro Garnacho, while not initially featuring in the primary list, is set to make the cut in the 'B List,' a detail Manchester United plans to release ahead of their opening game against the Bundesliga side.
Manchester United's Champions League Squad List:
*Goalkeepers*: Altay Bayindir, Andre Onana, Tom Heaton
*Defenders*: Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Sergio Reguilon, Raphael Varane, Jonny Evans, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka
*Midfielders*: Sofyan Amrabat, Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Mason Mount
*Strikers*: Antony, Rasmus Hojlund, Anthony Martial, Facundo Pellistri, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho
With their revamped squad, Manchester United is primed to embark on an exciting Champions League journey, aiming to conquer Europe's elite once again.