Sergio Ramos endorses Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or

Chidalu Obiajulu

Sergio Ramos, former Real Madrid captain and Spain international, has endorsed his former rival and teammate Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or, as Messi looks to extend his record breaking 7th times winning streak.

The Argentine is among the players running for the prestigious award, which will be announced by French football on Monday.

Messi’s closest competitor is Bayern and Poland talisman Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea and Italy player Frello Jorginho who won the champions league and Euro 2020.

Over the years the Spain international Ramos has often backed Cristiano Ronaldo for the top, given they were Real Madrid team-mates and rivals of former Barcelona captain Messi.

But Ramos now calls PSG home and wants ex-foe Messi to succeed once more following Argentina’s drought-ending Copa America triumph.

Spain international defender Ramos told ESPN.”Yes, of course [I hope he wins]. You’ll know that I do defend the guys in my team, yeah I wish him all the luck in the world.

” We all know that 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 know most people would be surprised playing together with my former rival, that’s just what football can do, Reuniting one.”

Speaking further, he added: “I probably think,a step after another,bit by bit, with the kind of quality players we have,we will be able to bring what we have, so as to achieve things we wanted to achieve.”

During their Sunday encounter, which they won 3-1 at Saint-Etienne, Messi delivered three assists in a single league game for the third time of his career after March 2016 against Getafe and February 2020 against Betis, and that marking Sergio Ramos debut for the club after suffering series of injury.

Since 2016 Blaise Matuidi assisted 3 times against Angers in January 2016. And Messi became the first PSG player to achieve the feat in Ligue 1 since then.

At 35 years and 243 days, Ramos became the oldest outfield player to make his first appearance with PSG in Ligue 1 since David Beckham (37 years and 298 days against Marseille in February 2013).

The prolific defender Ramos attempted 101 passes against Saint-Etienne – a game-high and the best tally for a PSG player making his Ligue 1 debut since Opta started analysing this data in 2006-07.

Many have waited for his debut since signing for the club, but series of injuries kept him out, and rumours saying about his contract termination, which was cleared by his agent.