Rivals Turned Friends: Sergio Ramos Showers Rare Praise on Paris Saint Germain Teammate Lionel Messi

Rivals Turned Friends: Sergio Ramos Showers Rare Praise on Paris Saint Germain Teammate Lionel Messi

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:08 PM
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  • Sergio Ramos has heaped praise on his former rival Lionel Messi saying it is an honour to play with him for the same club
  • The two were united at Paris Saint-Germain last summer after many years of rivalry in Spain
  • Both of them were on the scoresheet on Sunday to help PSG beat Nantes to win their first trophy of the season

Sergio Ramos has praised Lionel Messi in what will come as a shock to many people. Ramos and Messi spent the better part of their careers on opposite sides during their days in La Liga.

But the two have since become teammates at Paris Saint-Germain, putting their long rivalry in the El Classico to rest.

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Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos greet each other in a past Ligue 1 game for PSG. Photo by Georginio Wijnaldum.
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Ramos was speaking after scoring a sumptuous goal against Nantes to help PSG win the French Super Cup. Messi was similarly on the scoresheet with another wonderfully taken goal.

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Having Messi as a teammate is an honour. You don’t need to praise him, he praises himself with his own game. I hope he will continue like that.

Both Ramos and Messi joined PSG last summer after the Real Madrid and Barcelona contracts expired. It remains to be one of the biggest coups by a football club in one single transfer window that also saw them sign Gianluigi Donnarumma and Georginio Wijnaldum on free transfers.

Messi and Ramos will be hoping to use their experience in the upcoming season to lead PSG to Champions League victory.

Fans react after Sergio Ramos scores a wonderful backheel goal

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Sergio Ramos scored a wonderful backheel to help Paris Saint-Germain win their first trophy of the season. PSG beat Nantes 4-0 to win the Champions Trophy in a game that was staged at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel.

It was a game marked by brilliant goals, with Lionel Messi opening the scoring with a trademark goal by rounding off the goalkeeper. Neymar scored twice, with one coming from the penalty spot, to guarantee Christophe Galtier's first trophy in charge of the French giants.

But it was Ramos' goal that got fans talking. Marco Verratti lobbed an audacious pass into the area, which was turned goal-bound by Pablo Sarabia, but Nantes goalkeeper thwarted his effort with a fingertip save. With the chance to score seemingly gone, Ramos produced a wonderful backheel to get his season going.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)