Former Arsenal and France midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes Lionel Messi would fail to have the similar affect as Cristiano Ronaldo in the Premier League as he would struggle with the ‘intensity’ of the English sport.
Barcelona’s talisman Messi has entered a confrontation with the Catalan membership’s sporting director Eric Abidal, prompting rumours of a possible reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The Argentinian has spent his complete profession at the Blaugrana, leaving many critics questioning how he would carry out exterior of the Barcelona crew.
Petit advised The Mirror: ‘Honestly, I don’t suppose he’s suited to the depth 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 membership like Manchester City, for instance, would transfer for Messi at 32 or 33.
‘If City wanted to buy him, they should have tried to do it a couple of years ago.’
The age-old debate of Messi vs Ronaldo continues to rumble on as the gamers head into their mid-30s, the place Petit feels Ronaldo has the edge.
He added: ‘Messi is not Cristiano Ronaldo. Physically, he’s not the similar machine.
‘Ronaldo is a monster however, at 32, Messi has just one or two extra years enjoying at the highest degree.
‘Even playing alongside great players at Barca, he won’t have the similar tempo or the dribbling potential. ‘I’m positive he is aware of the finish isn’t distant.’