So close, yet so far away. PSG played Lens away from home on New Year's evening and was annihilated by the hosts losing 3-1 and dropping their first game of the season.
It hurt everybody related to the Paris Saint-Germain organization, but more than anyone it killed Sergio Ramos' unbeaten-game run before reaching 35 matches.
The veteran Spaniard (left out of his country's World Cup squad last November) signed with PSG ahead of last season and finally made his debut with Paris Saint-Germain on a 3-1 victory against Saint-Etienne on Nov. 28, 2021.
From that game all the way back in the waning days of November through Dec. 31, 2022, PSG never lost a game when Sergio Ramos played. It was a magnificent 34-game undefeated run put together by the aging defender and PSG that both parties extremely enjoyed while it lasted.
The run, though, came to an abrupt end last Sunday thanks to a preternatural beating of PSG at the hands of Lens, 3-1 away from the Parc. It could have been 35 games and entered the three-calendar-year realm, but Ramos couldn't help Paris stop Lens and was, in fact, one of the worst performers of the day.
Sergio Ramos won or draw 34 games at PSG... until Lens blasted PSG 3-1 on 2023's New Year
With his deal running out next June, Ramos finds himself in a precarious situation considering PSG might not extend his contract with the organization.
Ramos, of course, would love to stay in Paris because of his (and his wife's) off-field endeavors as well as the magnitude of the PSG project. Turning 37 years old next March, it's not that he will find many better teams willing to pay, let alone play, him.
One option that has popped up out of nowhere is the chance of joining old pal Cristiano Ronaldo at Saudi Arabia's Al-Nassr. The Saudi behemoths have the money and the willingness to bring Ramos to their country's soil, and talks are expected to be held in mid-January when PSG visits the KSA.
PSG might actually want Ramos to have those talks and even push him to enter the conversation with Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the rest of the Parisian brass not entirely convinced of how much Ramos can help the squad these days. Just ask the folks over Lens.