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Sergio Ramos could make his PSG debut against Man City as Lionel Messi hails his ‘spectacular’ teammate but admits it was ‘bizarre’ at first after Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry


Sergio Ramos could finally make his Paris Saint-Germain debut against Manchester City, four months after joining Ligue 1.

And superstar Lionel Messi admitted it was “bizarre” to now call the Spain defender a friend and team-mate, even calling their bond “spectacular”, after many years of bitter rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Ramos is finally fit again
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Having struggled with a calf injury since his free transfer from Real Madrid this summer, Ramos has now been named to the traveling squad for the Champions League clash on Wednesday night at the Etihad.

If the 35-year-old plays against Pep Guardiola’s side, it will be his first competitive appearance since Real Madrid’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea in May.

However, PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino was quick to insist that his inclusion in the squad doesn’t automatically mean Ramos will play.

“I don’t know,” Pochettino told Amazon Prime Video when asked about the Spaniard’s chances of playing.

“It’s important to see how he evolves. It’s one thing to be able to train and another to be at the level to be competitive, it’s not the same.

Ramos was part of a spectacular summer transfer window that also saw Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Georginio Wijnaldum sign for free.

Barcelona legend Messi and Real Madrid icon Ramos were fierce rivals in Spain, but the Argentine insists there is no more unease between them, although it was odd at first.

Sergio Ramos could make his PSG debut against Man City as Lionel Messi hails his ‘spectacular’ teammate but admits it was ‘bizarre’ at first after Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry
Messi and Ramos, once La Liga’s best enemies, were recently pictured training together for the first time at PSG
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Sergio Ramos could make his PSG debut against Man City as Lionel Messi hails his ‘spectacular’ teammate but admits it was ‘bizarre’ at first after Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry
Messi and Ramos didn’t always agree
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Messi told Marca: “At first it was weird after so many years of being rivals, being the two captains of Barcelona and Madrid, after so many Clasicos played, so many fights that we had on the pitch.

“But this is all a thing of the past and we have always respected each other a lot, no matter how rivals we were in those Clasicos.

“Having him as a teammate today is spectacular. Little by little, he is picking up speed and I hope he will play as quickly as possible because he will be a fundamental player to fight for our objectives.

He added: “It is true that we had not spoken at length, but we have crossed paths in La Liga for many years and we have spoken to each other more than once.

“I already had an idea of ​​what he looked like. I had former teammates who had been with him in the Spanish national team so I already knew him.

“And now, after spending more time together in Paris, I saw that he was a great person.”

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