Nacho Fernandez leaves Real Madrid after 23 years

Real Madrid captain Nacho Fernandez is parting ways with the Spanish giants after 364 appearances and 12 years in the senior team.

Nacho joined Los Merengues from local side Alcala de Henares as a 10-year-old, and went on to win 26 trophies with the senior squad.

Across the last 12 seasons, the 34-year-old has won six Champions Leagues, and four LaLiga titles. He has worn the captain's armband for the last two campaigns.

"Real Madrid C. F. announces that our captain Nacho has decided to end his career as a Real Madrid player," the statement began, as the club wished "to express its gratitude and affection to Nacho, one of the great legends of our club.

"He has defended our shirt for 12 seasons in one of the most successful stages in Real Madrid's history.

"In all this time he has played 364 games and won 26 titles: six European Cups, five Club World Cups, four European Super Cups, four La Ligas, two Copa del Reys and five Spanish Super Cups.

"In addition [to this], with the Spanish national team he was proclaimed European U-21 champion and a champion of the Nations League, and is currently playing in the Euro 2024 competition in Germany.

"All Real Madrid fans feel the utmost pride in one of the most legendary homegrown players in our history."

Nacho will reportedly sign for recently-promoted Saudi Pro League outfit Al-Qadsiah.

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