Former Liverpool winger John Barnes has questioned whether or not Lionel Messi can be a very good match at Manchester Metropolis.
Messi has been closely linked with a transfer to the Etihad Stadium this summer season, making it clear he desires out of Barcelona.
However on the age of 33, former Liverpool and Newcastle United man Barnes believes the Barcelona celebrity might not swimsuit Man Metropolis as a result of he may overshadow the likes of Kevin De Bruyne.
“The query is whether or not signing Lionel Messi shall be good for the staff, he fits Barcelona all the way down to the bottom,” he informed Bonuscodebets.co.uk.
“Take Manchester Metropolis, for instance, De Bruyne is in his prime and Messi is coming to the top of his profession and he’ll dominate Kevin De Brunye, it means we’d not see as a lot of Kevin De Bruyne.
“I don’t suppose he shall be a very good match for a membership except you say we’re going to construct a staff and Lionel Messi goes to be the primary participant, in it which I don’t suppose Manchester Metropolis are that kind of staff, the identical with PSG with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar it should have an effect as a result of it then is all about Messi.”
Barnes has additionally questioned whether or not Messi will have the ability to hack the physicality of the Premier League.
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Although, he believes if he fits any English membership, it’s Man Metropolis.
Barnes added: “Lionel Messi is 33-years-old, he’s not the identical participant he was, notably coming into the Premier League it’s a tough, bodily league the place he’s not taking part in for Barcelona when it comes to getting used to taking part in with those self same gamers for a similar manner for the final 15 years, he then might take time to regulate, individuals take time to regulate to him, chances are you’ll not have that point at 33-years-old.
“I don’t suppose that Premier League soccer will swimsuit him.
“Manchester Metropolis will swimsuit him greater than some other membership as a result of they’ve Pep Guardiola and their taking part in model could also be much like Barcelona’s, it should take time to mattress him into a brand new manner of taking part in, a brand new staff and a brand new group and the staff getting used to him.
“He’ll inhibit your huge gamers, like when Antoinne Griezmann went to Barcelona, he was inhibited, Philippe Countinho was inhibited as a result of it was all about Messi.
“It’s nice for it to all be about Messi when’s he’s 25, 26, 27, however at 33-year-old he isn’t the powerhouse that he was, so to then write all of your gamers off as being subservient to Messi wouldn’t be the correct factor to do. “