Petit has advise that ”Lionel Messi would struggle in the English Premier League as he does not have the same strength as Christian Ronaldo.”
Lionel Messi is reportedly considering a move out of Barcelona Camp Nou this summer amid a misunderstanding with sporting director Eric Abidal.
The Barca star has a clause in his contract details which allows him to leave for free any summer that he wish.
The Argentine has been linked to a move to Manchester City following a long time interest by City whose manager Pep Guardiola’s support for the move cannot be guaranteed.
The possibility of Messi successfully joining the Premier League club is at the moment not clear as Emmanuel Petit has advised Manchester City against the move, claiming that Messi is on the decline and would not add any meaningful financial value.
Petit said: “Honestly, I don’t think he’s suited to the intensity of England. He doesn’t like being closed down and being fought. In Spain, he’s protected.
“It would be a pleasure for English fans to see him but I don’t see why a club like Manchester City, for example, would move for Messi at 32 or 33.
“If City wanted to buy him, they should have tried to do it a couple of years ago.
“Messi is not Cristiano Ronaldo. Physically, he’s not the same machine. Ronaldo is a monster but, at 32, Messi has only one or two more years playing at the highest level.
“Even playing alongside great players at Barca, he won’t have the same pace or the dribbling ability. I’m sure he knows the end is not far away.”
So far, there hasn’t been any word from Messi nor has the Premier League defenders commented as yet.