Lionel Messi admits it was ‘weird’ to become teammates with former Real Madrid rival Sergio Ramos at PSG
Lionel Messi admits it was ‘weird’ being a teammate with former Real Madrid rival Sergio Ramos at PSG, but he calls the defender ‘spectacular’ and ‘great person’
- Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos are now PSG teammates after a stint as rivals
- The couple were the captains of Barcelona and Real Madrid and they regularly faced each other
- Messi says it was ‘weird’ to get to know Ramos better at the start of the season
- But the former Barça star has described Ramos as a ‘spectacular’ person
Lionel Messi admits that it is ‘rare’ to have former Real Madrid rival Sergio Ramos as a teammate at Paris Saint-Germain, but has admitted that the ‘spectacular’ Spaniard is ‘a great person’.
Messi and Ramos were archrivals in Spanish soccer as captains of Barcelona and Real respectively, but both joined French PSG in free transfers over the summer.
Ramos has been injured since the start of the season but is set to make his PSG debut in the coming weeks and his teammate Messi admitted that he is fine playing alongside the Spanish defender now after a few strange months.
Lionel Messi (right) admits it’s ‘weird’ to play alongside Sergio Ramos (left) at PSG this season
Messi (left) and Ramos (right) faced each other in many El Clásico battles for Real Madrid and Barcelona
‘Now nothing’, said Messi Mark when asked if he feels anything strange about playing with Ramos. But at first it was weird after so many years of rivals, being the two captains from Barcelona and Madrid, after so many Clásicos played, so many fights we had on the field.
But all that is past and we have always respected each other a lot, no matter how much we have been rivals in those Classics. Having him as a partner today is spectacular.
“Little by little he is regaining speed and hopefully he will play as fast as possible because he will be a fundamental player to fight for our goals.”
Both players joined PSG on free transfers this summer and are now close teammates.
Ramos forged a legendary career at Real Madrid, playing 671 games and scoring 101 goals, while Messi scored 672 goals for Barcelona in a brilliant 17-year career at Camp Nou.
But the pair clashed during several El Clásico battles, with the former being sent off twice for reckless fouls on the former Barcelona striker.
Messi has revealed that he knew Ramos quite well from his days in Spain, and the forward’s friendship with Spanish internationals Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets helped the Argentine understand the defender.
Ramos (second from right) has been sent off twice for reckless tackles to Messi (left)
“I already knew him,” Messi added. ‘It is true that we had not talked much, but in LaLiga we had crossed paths for many years and we had spoken more than once.
‘I already had an idea of what he was like. He had former teammates who had been with him in the Spanish team, so I already knew him.
“And now, having spent more time together in Paris, I have seen that he is a great person.”
Ramos has been included in PSG’s itinerant squad to face Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday, in what would be his first game in the colors of the French giants.
Ramos (center) could make his PSG debut against Manchester City on Wednesday night
The center-back has played little football in 2021 after being plagued with injuries, leading him to make just five appearances for Real Madrid and Spain during the calendar year so far.
Ramos had been in contention to play in a 3-1 win over Nantes on Saturday, but Mauricio Pochettino took no chances.
If he plays City, it will be his first time on the field since Real Madrid risked him in their defeat in the second leg of the semifinals on May 5 against eventual Champions League champions Chelsea.