Lionel Messi Would Struggle In Premier League Because 'Physically He’s Not The Same Machine As Cristiano Ronaldo'
Lionel Messi would struggle in the Premier League compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and he isn't "suited to the intensity of England," according to Emmanuel Petit.
The Barcelona superstar, 32, has had his future at the Spanish club plunged into doubt after a public fallout with sporting director Eric Abidal back in February.
And Messi, who has a contract clause that could allow him to leave Barca for free in the summer, has been linked with Manchester City in the past.
According to the Daily Mirror, Petit argued that the Argentine forward isn't physically the "same machine" as fierce rival Ronaldo.
The former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder explained: "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.
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"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."
Messi revealed two years ago that he would love to work with City boss Pep Guardiola again, saying he is "one of the best coaches in the world."
But Guardiola, who described the Argentine ace as "simply one of a kind," doesn't believe the six-time Ballon d'Or winner will leave Barca for City.
"He will stay there [at Barca], that's my wish," the Spaniard said in February.
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