France Legend, Emmanuel Petit has blasted Lionel Messi saying he is far off from his fiercest rival in terms of leadership qualities.
The former Barcelona player said “He’s not a leader. He’s no Ronaldo in that regard. Messi is one of the best players ever, but he needs to show that mentality,” Petit said. “He needs to wake up! When things go well with Barcelona he’s a terrific player.
We’ve seen it in the Champions League though, when things don’t go well, he can disappear on the pitch. He’s not there anymore. He’s not running, he’s walking. He’s not concerned about the ball. Come on.”
The Argentine has struggled to make an impact so far at Russia 2018, with Argentina on the brink of an early World Cup exit following their humiliating 3-0 defeat to Croatia on Friday.
While Portugal’s Ronaldo got a hat-trick in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain before scoring their winner against Morocco.