Lionel Messi has admitted that he had a hard time adjusting to life as a teammate of longtime opponent Sergio Ramos this summer.
The two football giants, who spent years on opposite sides of El Clasico with Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, had to put their contradictions aside earlier this year when they both landed at the Parc des Princes on free transfers.
While Ramos’ injury battle has prevented them from standing side by side on the pitch, Messi admitted to Marca that he enjoys the chance to get to know the midfielder after so many years of their professional rivalry.
“Now it’s nothing, but at first it was strange after so many years of being rivals, the two captains of Barça and Madrid, after so many Clasicos played, so many fights we had on the pitch …” he explained .
“But everything that was left in Spain and we have always respected each other a lot, no matter how much we have been great rivals in these Clasicos. Having him as a partner today is a sight to behold.
“Eventually he will join us and hopefully he will play as soon as possible because he will be a basic football player for us to fight for our goals.”
Messi continued: “I already knew what he was like. Obviously we did not have really good talks in Spain, we crossed in La Liga for many years and we had talked 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 knew him already, and now that we are together here in Paris I have seen that he is a good person.”
Ramos has not yet made his debut for PSG, after coming up with a betting problem that has only made it possible for him to complete his first training session.
He is part of the traveling squad to face Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday, when he was able to team up with Messi in the battle for the top spot in Group A.