'Lionel Messi is not so extraordinary'

Ligue 1

Former France star Nicolas Anelka held little back in his recent criticism of Lionel Messi's performances so far for Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi was recently announced as one of the 30 nominees for 2021 Ballon d'Or award, despite a relatively mixed spell since joining the French giants.

The 34-year-old, who is FC Barcelona's all-time top goalscorer, is yet to score a league goal or assist one in four Ligue 1 appearances for Les Parisiens, but has found some form in the UEFA Champions League with three goals in three games.

Despite the Argentine's match-winning contributions in the UCL, his domestic form has seen him come in for criticism, with teammate Neymar also receiving similar treatment from some quarters.

Anelka, who played for PSG in the past, has now weighed in on the matter, insisting that Messi deserves to have as much questions asked of him as the Brazilian has. 

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"Today we demand from Neymar, but we can do the same with Messi," the former Arsenal forward told radio programme RMC. 

"Since the beginning of the season it is not extraordinary either. 

"There is a player who has six Ballon d'Ors and in the end he is not so extraordinary." 

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This is not the first time Anelka has commented the Argentine forward since his move to Paris from Spain, telling Le Parisien in September that Messi "must serve [Kylian] Mbappe". 

"Mbappe has to lead the attack because he's No. 1," the 42-year-old told the French news outlet. 

"Messi was at Barcelona, but now he has to serve Mbappe.

"He's been at the club for five years and Messi has to respect him." 

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