PSG will have the last captains of Real Madrid and Barcelona in the same dressing room


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PSG will have the last captains of Real Madrid and Barcelona in the same dressing room

It will be the first time in the last 30 years that Real Madrid and Barcelona captains have played together at club level

Argentine footballer Lionel Messi said goodbye to Barcelona last Sunday and made his transfer to PSG, a club that will have in its squad the last captains of the two most important teams in Spain.

Paris Saint-Germain has established itself in recent years as one of the most powerful teams in Europe thanks to its financial capacity that has allowed it to sign extraordinary players such as Neymar and Kylian Mbappé.

For the 2021-22 season, PSG will have Lionel Messi, former Barcelona captain, with Sergio Ramos, former Real Madrid captain.

It will be the first time in the last 30 years that Real Madrid and Barcelona captains have played together at club level. The team from the French capital will have in its dressing room the greatest idol of Barcelona as well as one of the most notable players in the history of Madrid. It should be noted that Ramos arrived in Paris for free and Messi would also arrive in the same condition.

Lionel said goodbye to the Catalan club after 778 matches in the first team, 672 goals scored and 288 assists. Messi, who was captain of Barcelona between 2018 and 2021, won 4 Champions League, 10 LaLiga titles, 7 Copa del Rey, 3 Club World Cups, 3 European Super Cup and 8 Spanish Super Cup.

Besides, Ramos played 671 official commitments with the Real Madrid shirt and scored 101 goals, an outstanding figure for a central defender. Sergio, who was captain of the Merengues between 2015 and 2021, conquered with the ‘White House’ four Champions League, 4 Club World Cups, 3 European Super Cups, 5 LaLiga, 2 Copa del Rey and 4 Spanish Super Cup.

It is interesting to note that for Ramos it will not be strange to share a dressing room with a Barcelona star when he coincides in the Spanish National Team with several players from the culé team throughout the more than 15 years he has been defending La ‘Roja’ internationally. In fact, Ramos was in the 2010 South Africa World Cup Final alongside Carles Puyol and Gerard Piqué in the defensive zone, while in the 2012 Eurocup Final he was paired with Piqué in the Iberian center.

For his part, Messi has also coincided with several Real Madrid players, Ángel Di María being one of the most prominent cases. The ‘Fideo’, a Madrid player between 2010 and 2014, has coincided with ‘Leo’ in many matches of the Argentine National Team and both have come to celebrate the 2021 Copa América title. Messi and Di María have a great relationship and even Ángel shared a photo a few days ago with Messi and accompanied by several PSG players. The image went viral on social networks and regained great force when Barcelona officially announced the departure of La ‘Pulga’.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LAST CAPTAINS OF MADRID AND BARCELONA?

From 2000 to date, Barcelona and Real Madrid have had different captains, highlighting the culé club with seven players who wore the captain’s badge – being the first choice of their teammates and coaches – while the Merengues have had five different captains in the last 21 years.

For Barcelona, ​​Pep Guardiola left the captain’s armband in 2001 upon leaving the institution and played in Italy, Qatar and Mexico. After Guardiola’s departure, Sergi Barujuán received the captaincy but only for one year.

Between 2002 and 2004, Luis Enrique, former Madrid player, was the captain of the Catalan team and when he retired he left the bracelet to Carles Puyol, who for 10 years was the captain of the squad.

After Puyol’s retirement in 2014, Xavi Hernández became Barcelona captain but only spent a year after leaving the club in 2015 to emigrate abroad. For the next three, Andrés Iniesta would take the bracelet and wear it with pride until 2018 when, like Xavi, he left Barcelona to emigrate to a foreign league.

Regarding the Real Madrid captains, the players who in the last 21 years have managed to wear the armband are: Manolo Sanchís, Fernando Hierro, Raúl, Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.

Sanchís retired in 2001 while Hierro, who was two years captain of Madrid, left the club after a confrontation with Florentino Pérez and went to football in Qatar.

The heir to the bracelet was Raúl, who was captain until 2010, the year he left the white club and signed with FC Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga. Between 2010 and 2015, Iker Casillas was the captain of Madrid and after leaving the ‘White House’ to play for Porto, Sergio Ramos became the owner of the bracelet.


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