Two years after elbowing Lionel Messi in the face at an El Clasico game, Sergio Ramos has joined his on-field rival as a teammate in Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
Photos of Messi greeting Ramos as he met and trained with his new club, PSG, for the first time, have gone viral. The newfound camaraderie comes after years of on-field rivalry, as Ramos played for Real Madrid for sixteen seasons, captaining it for six.
Premiers pas et premier entraînement au Centre Ooredoo ! ✔️ #PSGxMESSI pic.twitter.com/fPjMbjM7YA— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 12, 2021
Just months earlier, Ramos was in Real Madrid, and had offered to let Messi stay at his house if he left Barcelona for the club's historic rival, Real Madrid. But in July, Ramos signed a two-year contract with PSG. Barely a month later, Messi joined him.
On Thursday, as the two met as teammates for the first time, images of the hug they shared went viral.
Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos together. Hugging. In PSG shirts. pic.twitter.com/kt5EOFytpW— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) August 12, 2021
Another video of a phone call between the two also went viral. Earlier, Ramos had told TNT Sports that he looked forward to playing with Messi.
Messi also reportedly followed Ramos on Instagram.
Messi and Ramos have followed each other on Instagram— Xabhi ✪ (@FCB_Lad) August 12, 2021
Tears in my eyes man
Kylian Mbappe also welcomed Messi to the club.
Messi joins Ligue 1 after 21 years with Barcelona.