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Ramos and Pique in verbal joust over 'Real Madrid's values' after Spain victory

“We have to tell him to wear white more often, it fits him very well.”

Sergio Ramos and Spain team-mate Gerard Pique.
Sergio Ramos and Spain team-mate Gerard Pique.

SERGIO RAMOS HIT back at outspoken Spain team-mate Gerard Pique after the Barcelona defender criticised the values of bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Ramos and Pique have frequently clashed publicly and that was the case again on Tuesday, despite being in camp together following Spain’s 2-0 international friendly win over France.

Pique — a vocal critic of the Spanish capital side — slammed the La Liga leaders for what they transmit as a club and Madrid captain Ramos did not hesitate in his response.

“What Pique says won’t change the values, our badge, our history or our titles,” Ramos said. ”What he says will provoke headlines and sell newspapers but we live off of that.

“In every box seat strings are pulled, but if anything, they [Barcelona] should in general have more to be quiet than we do.”

Ramos added: “This is part of Pique’s persona. We are not going to change him at 30. We have to enjoy him as footballer because he is one piece of a player. We have to tell him to wear white more often, it fits him very well.”

Pique did not hold back post-match in Paris, telling reporters: “I don’t like the values Real Madrid transmit, although there are players there I really appreciate and am friends with.

“I don’t doubt Raul’s Madridismo and I’d never work at Real Madrid. What I don’t like about Real Madrid is how those in the box seats pull the strings.

“I don’t like what they transmit, as a club. What do you want me to tell you? Almost all of them are friends and I can play cards with them but we know how this works.”

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