The former Blaugrana midfielder spent time in the Premier League with Arsenal and Chelsea, so he knows how difficult it would be for the Argentine to change
Lionel Messi is not “the same machine” as the “monster” Cristiano Ronaldo, says Emmanuel Petit, and suggested that the Barcelona superstar might have a hard time having an impact on the Premier League.
He moved to England for the six-time Golden Ball winner amid suggestions that he is increasingly disillusioned with life at Camp Nou.
Manchester City is considered to be a possible landing place for the Argentine, given that former Barça boss Pep Guardiola continues to make decisions at Etihad Stadium.
Petit, however, is not convinced that Messi, 32, has the same impact on English football as in Spain.
The eternal rival of South America, Ronaldo, has starred in Manchester United in the past, before moving to Real Madrid and Juventus, but the Portuguese is considered to be a completely different player.
Former Blaugrana midfielder Petit, who also spent time with Arsenal and Chelsea in a World Cup winning race, said Paddy power: “Messi is not Cristiano Ronaldo. Physically it is not the same machine.
“Ronaldo is a monster, but at 32, Messi is only one or two years old playing at the highest level.
“Even playing with great players at Barça, he will not have the same rhythm or the ability to haggle. I am sure he knows that the end is not far away.
“Honestly, I don’t think it’s suitable for the intensity of England. He doesn’t like to be closed and fought, in Spain he is protected.
“It would be a pleasure for English fans to see him there, but I don’t understand why a club like Man City, for example, would move to Messi at age 32 or 33.
“If City wanted to buy it, they should have tried a couple of years ago.
“Messi has won so many trophies and when I look at the Barça team for 10 years, it is clear that now the club was in full swing.” Those players wrote their own legends in that period.
“It is normal that after reaching that level you realize that there is nothing more above, and the only way is down. You cannot stay on top forever.
“If you look at the players who bought since then, you can see that they have not had the financial power to compete against the major powers in the transfer market.”
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“They are one of the biggest clubs, but financially they have been a nightmare recently.”
“Now they have to sell before buying and these days if they want to attract the best players in the world it costs them 80 million euros or more.”
City has rushed to downplay Messi’s conversation by joining its ranks, while those in Barcelona remain interested in linking a talismanic presence to new terms and preserving his status as a single club man.