Messi leaving Camp Nou to a Premier League club rumour has sparked lots of reactions, most significantly, that of Emmanuel Petit who said, ”Lionel Messi would struggle in the Premier League as he does not have the same strength as Cristian Ronaldo.”
The Barcelona star is rumoured to be preparing for a move out of his comfort zone at Camp Nou this summer amid a row with sporting director Eric Abidal.
The Argentina star, Messi has a clause in his contract details which will allow him to leave for free any summer that he wants to.
It’s not yet clear where exactly Messi would be headed should he leave Barcelona, but Manchester City is a possible destination considering that the English Premier League club has been an admirer for a long time even though City coach Pep Guardiola is against the idea.
The possibility of Messi successfully joining Man City is far fetched as Emmanuel Petit has advised the club to stay away as Lionel Messi is on the decline and would be ending his career soon.
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.”