Sergio Ramos admits the appeal of Champions League football only added to the lure of an emotional return to Sevilla as he hopes the LaLiga side can win at Arsenal in his absence on Wednesday.
Ramos initially came through Sevilla's youth system before his move in the summer of 2005 to Real Madrid. While predominantly a centre-back, the Spaniard can also play at right-back and as a defensive midfielder.
A decade and a half after his initial move to the Bernabeu, Ramos departed both Los Blancos and the Spanish national team after leading both sides to winning nearly every trophy in football to sign with Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent.
Ramos spent two seasons in Paris and won back-to-back Ligue 1 titles, scoring six goals in 58 appearances, although his form was often questioned and his departure at the end of the 2022/23 season was not seen as a surprise.
Career at Real Madrid
At €27million, Ramos' move in 2005 was a record fee for a Spanish defender at the time, and the president Perez's sole Spanish signing (during his entire first stint in charge).
Real went on to claim the trophy in 3-2 in extra time. Ramos has scored numerous El Clasico goals to thwart Barcelona and add to his tally of 72 goals in 472 appearances.
The most important intervention came in the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, where Ramos headed home a stoppage-time equaliser - a goal that triggered Diego Simeone's side's extra-time defeat and helped secure Real's La Decima.
In the Champions League, his 40 yellow cards and four reds make him both the most-carded player and joint-most red-carded player in the history of the competition.
New adventure in Paris
After a disappointing 2020/21 season in which Ramos struggled to stay fit Real Madrid decided not to renew his contract. However, he was not short on suitors. Manchester United were reported to be keen, but it was Ligue 1 giants PSG who secured his signature.
International career with Spain
He is Spain's most capped player in history (180), eighth-highest all-time goalscorer and the player with the most international victories for Spain.
Spain went on to beat Germany 1-0 - Ramos' first international success.