Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi branded ‘unintelligent’ for picking Man Utd, PSG moves

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United forward celebrates a goal during hat-trick against Tottenham in Premier League

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and been told their respective moves to Manchester United and PSG were ‘not intelligent’ ones.

Former France striker Nicolas Anelka feels that the legendary duo should have taken on easier challenges to bring their incredible careers to a close, adding that retirement at 37 and 34 respectively would have been ‘no shame’.

Ronaldo and Messi surprised everyone when they opted for moves last summer. The former returned to the Red Devils, while Argentina star Messi shocked the world when he finally quit Barca to head to Paris.

However, the pair have suffered mixed fortunes so far. To that end, Anelka thinks they could have made things easier on themselves.

“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.”

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Mixed fortunes for Ronaldo, Messi

Ronaldo’s Old Trafford return is already turning into a bit of a nightmare. Indeed, the forward has been tipped to leave after just one season in Manchester.

The Red Devils were knocked out of the Champions League in midweek and face an uphill battle to win a top-four spot this season. They have also now gone five years without lifting silverware.

As for Messi, PSG were also the victims of a last-16 European exit although they are running away with the Ligue 1 title.

The two ‘greats’ of the game are also expected to feature in Qatar World Cup later this year. However, they may well be the final time we see them on the international stage.

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