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Messi and Ramos have both played in 45 Clasicos against each other and would have been in direct competition with each other in many of those.

Whilst Messi is the game’s leading scorer of all time, Ramos got his own victories,including when the pair met last October in La Liga.

Now the pair have to put all that in the past though, as they’re teammates at PSG, with both of them moving to Ligue 1 after their contracts in Spain ended.

The duo have already shared what looks to be a pretty cordial phone call, so it seems we won’t be seeing a repeat of their clashes.

Speaking to TNT Sports last month, Ramos said he was looking forward to playing with Messi. “I like to play with the best players and Messi has been one of the best in the world.

“I have always said that Messi will always have a role in my team.”

Both Messi and Ramos are used to being captain at their clubs but they now have to accept that Marquinhos is the man wearing the armband at the Parc des Princes.

Ramos, who’d been at the Bernabeu since 2005 before leaving for the French capital at the end of his contract, clearly forgot the armband was no longer there when he first arrived.

The World Cup winner had an emotional moment looking down at his sleeve when he realised that he no longer wears the additional piece of kit.

PSG kicked off their league season last weekend but Ramos wasn’t involved as they beat Troyes 2-1, with all three goals coming in the first 21 minutes.

The 35-year-old is currently out injured and he is hoping to back fit by the end of the month, though reports in France claim that he could be out for two months.

At least when he’s back he won’t have to come up against Messi.

The former Real Madrid skipper conjured up a whole host or horror tackles on the Argentine and was sent off for two of his many shockers on the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.

One was a wild kick at him in a 5-0 hammering in 2010, before he lunged in two-footed on Messi seven years later.

No content with late challenges, Ramos also delivered plenty of cynical kicks and flailing arms to Messi, who did give plenty back.

In March 2019 at the Santiago Bernabeu, it got very spicy between the captains when Ramos intentionally elbowed Messi just before half-time.

The two squared up and angrily raised their heads towards one another before the referee and teammates intervened.

There’s certainly been no love lost on the pitch but at the same time, always a mutual respect between them.

“I like to play with the best players and Messi has been one of the best in the world,” Ramos once said in an interview with TNT Sports.

“I have always said that Messi will always have a role in my team.”

Both had emotional farewells this summer having seen their contracts expire at Real and Barca respectively, but will quickly turn their attentions to adding even more silverware to their collection in the French capital.

Still, someone probably ought to remind Ramos that he and Messi play for the same team now just before their first training session.


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