Sergio Ramos changes stance, concedes Lionel Messi is greatest footballer
Sergio Ramos has finally decided that Lionel Messi is the greatest player ever, after years of ‘suffering’ at the hands of his former rival.
For many years, it’s likely that Ramos would have named Cristiano Ronaldo the greatest of all time, with the two men winning countless trophies at Real Madrid together.
Ramos at least acknowledged Messi as on a level with his then Bernabeu teammate, as he pointed out to mock Antoine Griezmann once, but it’s safe to say the pair didn’t really get on.
As staunch protectors of the opposite ends of the rivalry, the Spanish defender and the then Barcelona forward would often clash during Clasico games.
The combative defender was certainly one of the few people who could really rile up Messi when they were opponents, and was accused of elbowing the Argentine in the face.
Ramos is also responsible for one of the best pieces of defending the World Cup winner has probably ever faced, but it’s all different these days.
Now the pair are teammates at PSG, and the sight of them meeting as colleagues for the first time was certainly weird to see.
In their 18 months together, Ramos has obviously seen enough of Messi to finally admit that he is the greatest footballer of all time.
“There was suffering for several years playing against Messi,” the 36-year-old told PSG TV, ” I am now enjoying him. He is the best player football has ever produced.”
It might come as a blow to Ronaldo, who might have always expected his former Bernabeu brother to have his back in football’s longest running debate.
However, the pair actually went a couple of years without talking after the forward left the Spanish capital to join Juventus, back in 2018.
They were reunited and full of smiles recently however, when the Ligue 1 giants flew out to Saudi Arabia for a mid-season friendly game.
Christophe Galtier’s side came up against Ronaldo, who has just moved to Saudi Arabia, as part of an All Star XI, and the forward shared an embrace with Ramos ahead of kick off.
The 37-year-old even pointed out to his former teammate that he still had his earrings in before kickoff, what a nice friend he is.
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