Lionel Messi and his fellow Paris Saint-Germain superstars have been compared to the iconic Manchester United forward line from the mid-to-late 2000s.
Producing a masterclass to secure a 2-0 Champions League victory over Manchester City last night, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner lit up the Parc de Princes with his first goal since leaving Barcelona.
Messi curled past Ederson with style after linking-up with Kylian Mbappe, who also had a hand in the opener that was scored by Idrissa Gueye.
It was a real statement from the big-spending French outfit. Indeed, having won all eight of their Ligue 1 games so far this season, the 2-0 victory sent a clear message to their European rivals as they became outright – albeit early – favourites for the competition.
And the duo couldn’t help but compare Messi, Mbappe and Neymar to Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez.
Hargreaves said: “You think about that United team, you had Wayne Rooney top of the pitch and Carlos Tevez and Ronaldo sometimes played off the left, certain games Ronaldo would go to the top. Those two played like defensive players, they pressed the ball.
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“None of these three [Messi, Mbappe, Neymar] want to track back, so I think he’s playing three defensive midfield players in Herrera, Gueye and Veratti. These three are going to stay up and the rest of the team is going to have to work to get it back for them.”
Ferdinand added: ” There has got to be humility. If I can liken it to someone like Wayne Rooney. Wayne Rooney was world-class, but he was willing to sacrifice being a number nine to go left wing for Cristiano Ronaldo at times. In the Champions League final, he went left wing to track back.
“When you’ve got players like that you’ll be successful, you’ll win big tournaments, big trophies.”