- Sergio Ramos says Lionel Messi is one of the best players in football history ahead of El Clasico clash
- The Spaniard's admiration for Messi preceded a massive showdown that will see both footies lock horns when Real Madrid host Barcelona
- Ramos, who got his 26th career red card against City, will surpass Xavi, Sanchis and Gento for the most appearance in El Clasico
Real Madrid skipper, Sergio Ramos, is full of nothing but respect and admiration for Lionel Messi, describing the Argentine as 'one of the best players' ahead of a massive El Clasico showdown.
Ramos would hope to put behind the UCL nightmare which saw him being sent off as Real Madrid suffered a home defeat to Manchester City during the first leg of Round 16 in the elite competition.
Real will host Barcelona on Sunday, March 1, at Santiago Bernabeu in a mammoth clash that will decide who of the two Spanish powerhouses will win the league this season.
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But Ramos, 33, has expressed admiration for Messi ahead of the tough encounter, though the Spaniard defender hoped the Argentine does not have his day.
''I have huge respect for him. I think he's one of the greatest players in history and I have huge respect for him," Ramos said.
"I hope Sunday isn't his day, that would mean we've done our job, and if on top of that we can get a good result even better.
''I wish him all the best as a fellow professional but only as long as it doesn't affect us negatively! It's hard, but he has my maximum respect, I think he's one of the best.''
Ramos, who got his 26th career red card against City, will surpass Xavi, Sanchis and Gento for the most appearance in El Classico on Sunday.
Xavi, Sanchis and Gento had 42 appearances but Ramos will break the tie with one appearance above any other player who has played in the big encounter.
Barcelona are leading the title race with 55 points in 25 games, two points adrift Real Madrid who are desperately eyeing league victory having missed out last year.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos set an unwanted Champions League record after receiving his fourth ever red card against Manchester City on Wednesday.
Ramos was sent off after he fouled Manchester City striker, Gabriel Jesus, in which the referee had no other choice than to bring out the red card.
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