Over the course of his career, Sergio Ramos has made a few challenges on Lionel Messi, but he probably never thought he’d have to deal with them in practice.
The two former LaLiga Santander players now only compete against one another during practices after destiny brought them together at Paris Saint-Germain. But that doesn’t automatically imply that they are less competitive.
A video from a PSG practice session has surfaced, showing the Argentine forward clearly displeased with the Spanish center back’s strong contact. Messi, who was obviously not pleased with the challenge, wasn’t for letting it go easily.
In the video, the former Barcelona player can be seen taking the ball and advancing away from the legendary Real Madrid player before the latter brutally kicks him in the left leg.
Following his goal in the mini-game, Messi confronts Ramos, and despite the Spaniard’s efforts to make amends, Messi isn’t having it. The Argentine likely thought the test was pointless, preventable, and in any case way too difficult for a training exercise.
Ramos makes one more attempt to speak with Messi before turning away in frustration, probably believing that he is exaggerating given that the legendary Barcelona player was obviously not prepared to go on so soon.
Messi and Ramos did not have the successful Paris debut season they had hoped for, and they will undoubtedly be aiming to rectify the situation in 2022–2023. They might need to start getting along a little better on the practice field for that to happen.
Ramos played in just 12 Ligue 1 games last season due to injury, missing the majority of them. Messi, on the other hand, performed below expectations, scoring just 11 goals in 34 games, his lowest goal-scoring season since 2004/05, when he was just 17 years old.