Lionel Messi has admitted he discovered it laborious to regulate to life as a team-mate of long-time adversary Sergio Ramos this summer season.
The 2 footballing giants, who spent years on reverse sides of El Clasico with Barcelona and Actual Madrid respectively, needed to put their variations apart earlier this yr once they each landed at Parc des Princes on free transfers.
Whereas Ramos’ harm struggles have prevented them from lining up alongside each other on the pitch, Messi confessed to Marca that he’s having fun with the possibility to get to know the centre-back after so a few years of their skilled rivalry.
“Now, it is nothing, however at first it was bizarre after so a few years of being rivals, the 2 captains of Barça and Madrid, after so many Clasicos performed, so many fights we had on the pitch…” he defined.
“However all that was left in Spain and we’ve got all the time revered one another quite a bit, irrespective of how a lot we’ve got been nice rivals in these Clasicos. Having him as a accomplice immediately is a sight to behold.
“Little by little, he’s becoming a member of us and hopefully he’ll play as rapidly as doable as a result of he will probably be a basic footballer for us to battle for our goals.”
Messi continued: “I already knew what he was like. Clearly, we did not actually have nice talks in Spain, we crossed paths in La Liga for a few years and we had spoken greater than as soon as.
“I already had an concept of what he was like. He had former team-mates who had been with him within the Spanish group so I already knew him, and now that we’re collectively right here in Paris, I’ve seen that he’s an incredible particular person.”
Ramos is but to make his debut for PSG, having arrived with a calf downside which has solely simply allowed him to finish his first coaching session.
He’s a part of the touring squad to face Manchester Metropolis within the Champions League on Wednesday, when he might group up with Messi within the battle for prime spot in Group A.