A few years ago, if you'd have said to your mate that Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos would become teammates and that Barcelona's record goalscorer would let a Real Madrid legend take a penalty then they would have told you where to go.
But that is the bizarre and unexpected reality we are in, with the pair going from long-time rivals to colleagues at Paris Saint-Germain after both joined on free transfers last summer.
The Ligue One champions returned to action on Friday with a friendly against Ligue 2 outfit Quevilly-Rouen and both Messi and Ramos started the first game under new manager Christophe Galtier.
And the opening saw Messi win a penalty after being fouled inside the area. But instead of stepping up from 12 yards as we've seen him do for club and country he let Ramos, a reliable penalty taker, assume the honours.
Ramos did the business from the spot and rolled the penalty in off the post. But Messi giving Ramos the penalty was still very much an unusual sight that couldn't quite be comprehended by some:
Sergio Ramos scoring a penalty won by Lionel Messi is something no one would’ve ever imagined happening 😂😂😂😂— R (@Lionel30i) July 15, 2022
Messi offering Ramos a penalty.....— 𓃵 🌟 ⚽️ (@Starboy_Messi) July 15, 2022
Ramos scores and celebrating with Messi
NGL it still feels strange
I need to get used to it
If someone ever said to me that Messi would be fouled and give Ramos the penalty who would later score, I’d laugh at you— abraha〽️ (@KyIian07) July 15, 2022
Messi won the penalty and it was scored by Ramos, imagine if someone told you something like that few years ago 😂— All About Argentina 🛎🇦🇷 (@AlbicelesteTalk) July 15, 2022
Ramos scores a penalty won by Messi. Who would have thought 10 years ago 💀— jta (@CoysProp) July 15, 2022
Messi giving Ramos a penalty. Who would have thought this in 2012.— Dilax (@LeoPeak10) July 15, 2022
Messi giving a penalty to Ramos.— 769 ⚽ (@FCBarcaCulers_) July 15, 2022
I've seen it all in my life.
Before Ramos used to faul Messi and Messi used to get Penalty. Now Messi gets Penalty and Ramos scores, time has changed so fast😭— Geetu.😌❤ (@__lol_life) July 15, 2022
Messi - Ramos Duo 😍😭— 𝑽𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒕 :) (@MessiVineet) July 15, 2022
Messi won the penalty and it was scored by Ramos, imagine if someone told you something like that few years ago 😂
Messi giving penalty to Ramos even after he use to do this to him...— Diya (@Diya1030) July 15, 2022
Most unselfish player ever. pic.twitter.com/ZMAO7aAFQv
messi getting a penalty but insists on giving it to ramos. if you told this to someone 5 years ago they will burst out laughing— 🦅 (@khalifabarca) July 15, 2022
Sergio Ramos scoring a penalty won by Lionel Messi is something no one would’ve ever imagined happening 😂😂😂😂— 𝐨𝐬𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 (@almostttttttt) July 15, 2022
Last season, Messi missed a costly penalty in the Champions League round of 16 against Real Madrid, with Thibaut Courtois getting down low to make the save.
The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner appears to have dropped down the spot-kick order as a result.
Messi and Ramos played against each other 45 times in Barca-Real El Clasico fixture and regularly got into it in the heated encounters.
Ramos seemed to make it his mission to injure Messi and was sent off twice for hacking down the Argentine.
But then after their contracts in La Liga ran out, they both moved to PSG and were all smiles at the official unveiling event.
On today’s episode of things you never expected: Messi and Ramos 🇦🇷🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/pjeCOp63Oy— Sara 🦋 (@SaraFCBi) July 8, 2022
After they became teammates, it was reported that Ramos made a peace offering of sorts to Messi when he told him he could stay with at his house in Paris, though he politely declined the offer.
Featured Image Credit: Image: Paris Saint-Germain
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