Messi, Ronaldo not intelligent, should have retired – Anelka

Former France striker, Nicolas Anelka, has claimed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s decisions to move to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United respectively have not been “intelligent”.

Anelka feels both players should have retired.

Both Messi and Ronaldo moved to new clubs in the summer of 2021 from Barcelona and Juventus.

But both superstars have endured mixed seasons and were eliminated from the Champions League.

“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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