Cristiano Ronaldo's absence will not halt our winning momentum– Sergio Ramos
Written by: Neelav Chakravarti
The Los Blancos begin their campaign with a UEFA Super Cup fixture against their city rivals.
Sergio Ramos has stated that the departure of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus will not put an end to the club's winning momentum. The Portuguese star moved to Italy in a deal valued at £105m after a nine-year spell at Real Madrid, which also consisted a trio of consecutive UEFA Champions League titles.
The Santiago Bernabeu outfit have not signed any replacement for their former star player yet, with new manager Julen Lopetegui hinting that Gareth Bale will play an important role in the upcoming season.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner recently stated that the Turin-based outfit felt like a "family" after he scored on his first appearance for the club, in a game against its youth team. However, the Los Blancos skipper expressed the view that his club would maintain their European dominance with an expected win against Atletico Madrid in the continental curtain-raiser.
The Spain captain said during a news conference, "You had to dig a little deeper. Here we have always felt a family. The key to success has been that we have always been [a family], and we have felt part of that family. The loss of such an important player is negative, but that is not why we are going to stop winning. Throughout history, we have gone through cracks and have continued to win. We will have to leave this to us and Real Madrid will carry on, no matter what happens Madrid will not stop winning. He has decided to change stage and hopefully, he will do well."
The former Manchester United player won a host of trophies with the La Liga outfit. He won two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, two Supercoppa de Espana, four UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups. During his stay at Real Madrid, he even won the Ballon d'Or four times prior to winning it once during his tenure at Manchester United. Ronaldo will be hoping to win a lot of titles in Italy with the club's main aim being the prestigious UEFA Champions League crown.
Published: Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:46 PM IST