Lionel Messi admits it was ‘weird’ becoming teammates with ex-Real Madrid rival Sergio Ramos at PSG

Lionel Messi admits it was ‘weird’ to team up with ex-Real Madrid rival Sergio Ramos at PSG, but calls the defender a ‘spectacular’ and ‘great person’

  • Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos are now PSG teammates after a stint as rivals
  • The pair were the captains of Barcelona and Real Madrid and clashed regularly
  • Messi says it was ‘weird’ getting to know Ramos better at the start of the season
  • But the former Barcelona star has described Ramos as a ‘spectacular’ person


Lionel Messi admits it’s ‘weird’ to have former Real Madrid rival Sergio Ramos as a team-mate as Paris Saint-Germain, but has admitted the ‘spectacular’ Spaniard is ‘an amazing person’.

Messi and Ramos were arch-rivals in Spanish football as the captains of Barcelona and Real respectively, but both joined French giants PSG for free 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 team-mate Messi admitted he is doing fine playing alongside the Spanish defender after a strange few months.

Lionel Messi (right) admits it’s ‘weird’ to play alongside Sergio Ramos (left) at PSG this season

Messi (left) and Ramos (right) clashed in many El Clasico fights for Real Madrid and Barcelona

Messi (left) and Ramos (right) clashed in many El Clasico fights for Real Madrid and Barcelona

“Nothing now,” said Messi marca when asked if he feels anything strange about playing with Ramos. “But in the beginning it was strange after so many years of being rivals, the two captains of Barcelona and Madrid, after so many Clasicos played, so many fights we had on the pitch.

“But that’s all in the past and we’ve always had a lot of respect for each other, no matter how much we were rivals in those Clasicos. It’s spectacular to have him as a teammate today.

“Little by little he’s getting back up to speed and hopefully he’ll play as soon as possible because he’s going to be a fundamental player to fight for our goals.”

Both players went on free transfers to PSG this summer and are now close teammates

Both players went on free transfers to PSG this summer and are now close teammates

Ramos built a storied career at Real Madrid, making 671 appearances and scoring 101 goals, while Messi scored 672 goals for Barcelona in a stellar 17-year career at Camp Nou

But the pair clashed during several El Clasico fights, with the first two being sent off for brash fouls on the former Barcelona forward.

Messi has revealed that he actually knew Ramos very well from his days in Spain, with the attacker’s friendship with Spain internationals Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets helping the Argentine understand the defender.

Ramos (second from right) has been sent off twice for brash tackles on Messi (left)

Ramos (second from right) has been sent off twice for brash tackles on Messi (left)

“I already knew him,” Messi added. “It’s true we didn’t speak for a long time, but we crossed paths in LaLiga for years and we had spoken more than once.

“I already had an idea of ​​what he was like. I had former teammates who had been with him in the Spanish national team, so I already knew him.

“And now that I’ve spent more time together in Paris, I’ve seen that he’s a wonderful person.”

Ramos has been included in PSG’s traveling squad to face Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday, in what would be his first game in the French giants’ colors.

Ramos (center) could make his PSG debut against Manchester City on Wednesday night

Ramos (center) could make his PSG debut against Manchester City on Wednesday night

The centre-back has played little football in 2021 and was plagued with injuries, which has resulted in him making just five appearances for Real Madrid and Spain in the calendar year so far.

Ramos was in line to play in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Nantes, but was not endangered by Mauricio Pochettino.

If he does face City it will be his first time on the pitch since Real Madrid risked him on May 5 in their semi-final second leg defeat to eventual Champions League winner Chelsea.

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