Lionel Messi, according to Nicolas Anelka, a former Arsenal and Chelsea French great, is nothing special.
Since joining PSG from Barcelona, Messi has yet to score a league goal or provide an assist in four Ligue 1 games.
Messi, on the other hand, has found form in the UEFA Champions League, scoring three goals in three games.
Despite his match-winning performances in the Champions League, the Argentine’s domestic form has drawn criticism, with colleague Neymar receiving similar treatment in some places.
Anelka, who previously played for PSG, has now weighed in on the topic, claiming that Messi needs to be questioned as much as Neymar.
“Today, we demand from Neymar, but we can do the same with Messi,” the Real Madrid 2000 Champions League winner told RMC radio.
“It hasn’t been remarkable from the start of the season.”
“There’s a player who has six Ballon d’Ors and isn’t all that special in the end.”
This isn’t the first time Anelka has spoken about Messi since his move to Paris from Spain. In September, he told Le Parisien that Messi “must serve [Kylian] Mbappe.”
“Because he’s No. 1, Mbappe has to lead the attack,” the 42-year-old told a French news site.
“Messi used to play for Barcelona, but now he has to serve Mbappe.”
“He’s been at the club for five years, and Messi must show him respect.”