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Nicolas Anelka attacks Lionel Messi when he claims that the PSG star “ is not so extraordinary ”

Nicolas Anelka criticizes Lionel Messi for his slow start at PSG when he claims that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is not “ as extraordinary ” and wonders why he is not under the same pressure as Neymar.

  • Nicolas Anelka says Lionel Messi hasn’t been ‘extraordinary’ for PSG so far
  • Messi has struggled for consistency since signing for the French club
  • Anelka believes that Messi should face the same scrutiny as his teammate Neymar


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Nicolas Anelka has criticized Lionel Messi amid his difficult start to his career at Paris Saint-Germain and suggested that he should face the same scrutiny as Neymar.

Messi has scored two goals in three Champions League games since joining PSG, but has yet to find the net in four Ligue 1 appearances.

Anelka, who spent two seasons at PSG, suggested that Messi’s performances in France have not been “extraordinary” despite the fact that he has won the Ballon d’Or six times.

Nicolas Anelka assures that Lionel Messi's performances with PSG have not been extraordinary

Nicolas Anelka assures that Lionel Messi’s performances with PSG have not been extraordinary

Former PSG striker Anelka believes Messi should face the same level of scrutiny as Neymar

Former PSG striker Anelka believes Messi should face the same level of scrutiny as Neymar

Former PSG striker Anelka believes Messi should face the same level of scrutiny as Neymar

Anelka told RMC: ‘Today we demand from Neymar, but we can do the same with Messi. Since the beginning of the season it is not extraordinary either. There is a player who has six Ballons d’Or and in the end he is not so extraordinary. ‘

Neymar has also struggled to achieve consistency so far this season, as the Brazilian star has scored only once in six league games.

Anelka, however, has backed the 29-year-old to overcome those difficulties and insisted that he retains the backing of manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Anelka said: ‘She is going through a difficult time. If the coach thinks he has to play to regain his level, he forces him to play. Putting it aside or replacing it to break your morale is not going to fix things.

In addition, he has a great salary, he is a star of French and world football. He is one of the best players in the league, although right now he is struggling to prove it.

“He cannot do anything, since afterwards he can do everything on the field. You never know what will happen to him in the field. Pochettino trusts him and even without Neymar being well, the team continues to win.

Anelka admitted that Neymar is going through a difficult time but has faith in him

Anelka admitted that Neymar is going through a difficult time but has faith in him

Anelka admitted that Neymar is going through a difficult time but has faith in him

When Messi joined PSG, the prospect of playing alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappé was delightful, but Pochettino is still waiting for his team to develop more cohesion.

Mbappé has continued to impress this season, scoring five league goals, and the impact of Messi and Neymar is anticipated to improve as the season progresses.

PSG lead Ligue 1 by seven points and host Lille on Friday. They are also the top of their Champions League group,

Messi and Mbappé were absent from training on Thursday, with the latter suffering an ear, nose and throat infection.

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