Sergio Ramos has hit back at claims he and PSG teammate Lionel Messi have a poor relationship.
The two were once foes when Ramos played for Real Madrid and Messi for Barcelona, but the defender has laughed off suggestions they are at odds in the Paris Saint-Germain dressing room.
"It's something that I think generates curiosity in everyone," said Ramos.
"But in the end we are players who have the same objective, which is to win with Paris Saint-Germain, and to make the team great."
Ramos and Messi, two excellent teammates
"My relationship with Messi is excellent. There is great respect between the players and a healthy state of mind," said Ramos.
"Of course it's better to have him [Messi] as a teammate. Whenever you are given the choice of having Messi with or against you, the answer is quick and sincere.
"Leo continues to perform at the highest level. We must emphasize that players should not be measured by age but by performance.
"[Messi] is still one of the most decisive players in the world and one of the best, it is a privilege to have him in the team.
"It is much worse to have him against you, I suffered against him for many years.
"I don't know about the World Cup, but I see that he is focused, like he was last year.
"Maybe the World Cup is in the back of his mind, but he is focused on doing well on the field."
🗣️ Ramos sobre Messi: "Es un jugador magnífico y un privilegio tenerlo como compañero. Ya lo sufrimos durante muchos años. Sigue rindiendo al máximo nivel. Sigue siendo uno de los mejores jugadores del mundo. Mejor tenerlo como compañero que como rival". pic.twitter.com/oAD944QIfw— Samuel Vargas (@SVargasOK) November 1, 2022
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