Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi has lost part of his desire, Ally McCoist believes.
The ex-Barcelona player played in the top three alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in a 2-1 Champions League loss to Man City on Wednesday night, but again his performance fell short.
His performances with the French club are far from the heights he reached in his incredible Camp Nou career.
Messi has scored 474 La Liga goals in 520 appearances and made the extraordinary normal as he terrorized Spain’s defenses.
Since his free transfer to PSG, however, he has only scored four goals in nine matches, including three in Europe.
He was silent again in the loss to City, despite having been heavily involved in Mbappe’s opener, and McCoist believes he needs to be more proactive after analyzing his display.
“I’m a little disappointed with Messi,” he told talkSPORT. “I thought about it a bit last night. I expect more from him.
“He’s brilliant on the ball, isn’t he. Even now at this point in his career, I love him. I absolutely love him but I think he has lost the urge to go get the ball to do things a little bit.
“I think he’s great if the ball comes to him and he makes himself available, but he lost a bit to go get it.”
“There’s no doubt about their talent, but the bottom line is that they don’t work hard enough when they don’t have the ball.
“They don’t work at all and I mention Messi, who is definitely one of the greatest players to ever honor this Earth, I looked at him specifically for 10-15 minutes and I don’t think he has any. did enough to get into the ball because he’s a genius and I wanted the little guy to do more, be it a short drop of five or 10 yards, go get the ball and shake things up.
“Without Verratti on this side [and Wijnaldum], I would start both, all day. It would improve the PSG team.
And when asked about Messi’s rivalry with fellow living legend Cristiano Ronaldo, McCoist offered more intriguing opinions.
“Who’s the best? I’ll tell you what, let me give you the case. Ronaldo, England, Italy, Spain, you name him, he did it and he did it .
“Messi can’t compete with that. Simple, he can’t compete with that because he didn’t.
“He was wonderful. He’s been amazing in Spain but that’s it and he’s been doing well with PSG, okay, so far.
“However, for now, if you were to now suggest that one of them play the best ever, I would take Messi.”
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