- Lionel Messi is not Ronaldo and he would struggle in the Premier League says Emmanuel Petit
- Messi's future at Barcelona has been talked about in recent weeks following a surprise row with the club's sporting director Eric Abidal
- Man City and Man United have shown interest in signing the 32-year-old
Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit believes Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi does not have the physicality like rival Cristiano Ronaldo to play at the highest level in the Premier League.
According to Petit, Messi isn’t “suited to the intensity of England,” UK Mirror reports.
Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona has been talked about in recent weeks following a surprise fall out with the club's sporting director Eric Abidal.
Since the reports of Abidal and Messi row emerged, Premier League giants Man City and Manchester United have shown interest in signing the 32-year-old.
But Petit believes it makes no sense for a club like Manchester City to move for Messi at 32 or 33 when they could have done that some years ago.
He said: "Messi doesn’t like being closed down and being fought.
“In Spain, he’s protected."
He continued: “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."
Messi has a clause in his contract meaning he can leave Barcelona for nothing this summer.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Ronaldo de Lima might have settled the debate on the all-time great after naming Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as the number one best player he always enjoys watching.
The Brazilian football icon had an enviable career and he is often considered one of the best players who brought class and blended physicality with technique in modern football.
When asked about five players he enjoyed watching, the Inter and Real Madrid legend shunned his namesake Cristiano Ronaldo when settling for Messi as the number one on the list.
''Messi, of course, he is number one, it is a talent that we will take 20 or 30 years to see something similar," Ronaldo De Lima said.