Messi and Ronaldo are to blame after making “not intelligent” decisions; have been told their careers are over.
Messi and Ronaldo both signed new contracts with PSG and Manchester United in the summer, but neither has been able to reclaim their previous form.
This summer, the two men took on new challenges in order to keep their place at the top of the footballing world.
Messi was forced to quit Barcelona due to a contract dispute, and he moved to France for free.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s three-year stay at Juventus came to an end, and he returned to the Premier League.
Messi was anticipated to help PSG win the Champions League, but he has only scored seven goals in all competitions since the Parisians were eliminated from the competition.
United, on the other hand, has regressed significantly from last season, and they and Ronaldo may now lose out on a place in the Premier League’s top four.
Some have viewed Ronaldo’s impact as a negative because of the way the squad has been compelled to adapt their style.
Nicolas Anelka, a former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder, believes the pair made a poor decision when deciding on their next moves. Messi and Ronaldo have a combined total of 12 Ballon d’Ors, but they are both 71 years old as they near the end of their careers.
“This is what happens to players who want to play longer,” Anelka told RMC Sport .
“Their careers are over and I think they must both be very happy with what they have achieved in the last 15 years. They were above the others and now it is normal for them to slow down.
“I was more surprised with Messi than with Ronaldo, I thought that Messi would turn around in France and Ronaldo would have more difficulties in England because, for me, the Premier League is the most demanding championship in the world.
“[They] were not intelligent. They should have thought of facing a less complicated challenge because you have to make the right decisions to finish at the top. There are players who don’t hesitate to finish at 32, 33, 34 so as not to be criticized. I stopped at 36, but at 32 I went to China.”
Messi is expected to remain at PSG beyond this season but has been linked with an MLS move before he retires.
Ronaldo’s situation at United could prove more complicated, however, especially if they miss out on the Champions League.