How times have changed! Sergio Ramos backs Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or after old rivals started for the first time together following shock summer moves to PSG
- Sergio Ramos has thrown his support behind Lionel Messi ahead of Ballon d’Or
- Argentine star is in the running to claim the prestigious gong for a seventh time
- Ramos and Messi have gone from being fierce rivals to team-mates at PSG
- The defender has backed Messi to be crowned the Ballon d’or winner again
Sergio Ramos has thrown his support behind Lionel Messi ahead of today’s Ballon d’Or ceremony.
The Argentine star is in the running to claim the prestigious gong for a seventh time and is the bookmaker’s favourite to add to his six titles.
Ramos and Messi have gone from being fierce rivals from their days at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively to team-mates following the pair’s shock moves to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Sergio Ramos (second left) has thrown his support behind Lionel Messi (right) for Ballon d’Or
Ramos and Messi started together for the first time on Sunday following shock moves to PSG
The defender was sent off twice for swiping out at the forward and also caught him with his elbow during their heated El Clasico tussles.
The duo started together for the Ligue 1 giants for the first time in a 3-1 victory at Saint-Etienne on Sunday after linking up earlier this year and Ramos has now backed Messi to be crowned the Ballon d’or winner again.
‘Yes, of course [I hope he wins],’ Ramos told ESPN.
Ramos and Messi have gone from being fierce rivals to team-mates. The pair square up to each other in El Clasico in March 2019 after Ramos caught Messi in the face with his elbow
The defender was sent off twice for swiping out at the forward during their days in Spain
‘I’m going to defend the guys in my team. I wish him all the luck in the world.
‘He’s in good shape, and I think he’s the kind of player who really makes a difference. He’s a unique player and it’s a privilege to have him in the team.
‘I think that bit by bit, each of us is going to bring our own quality to make Paris Saint-Germain even greater and achieve the things we want to achieve.’
Messi scored 38 goals in 47 games last season, helping guide Barcelona to the Copa del Rey before winning the Copa America with his country this summer. He has scored four goals and supplied three assists in 11 matches for PSG this season.
Messi leads the way ahead of Bayern’s Lewandowski, who was harshly denied the award last year after it got cancelled, while 14 players from the Premier League have been nominated.
Both swapped Spain for France earlier this year as they linked up together at PSG