Barcelona star Lionel Messi is a fading force – Raymond Domenech
The 29-year-old is widely regarded as the best player in the world producing stunning performances on a consistent basis at Barcelona.
However, former France boss Domenech reckons Lionel Messi is a fading force and insists they will have to produce a miracle performance if they are to overturn the 4-0 deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League at the Nou Camp tonight (7.45pm).
Lionel Messi struggled to deal with PSG star Presnel Kimpembe in the 4-0 first-leg defeat
"It is a collective sport and one player is not capable of winning a match on his own," Domenech told French newspaper L'Equipe.
"The image that remains from the first leg is Presnel Kimpembe getting the better of Messi through power.
"How can you think that he will have a magic wand in the second leg? They must find a miraculous solution.
Lionel Messi in action during Barcelona training ahead of their Champions League clash with PSG
"Embroiled in problems about extending his contract, Messi does not have the energy he had when he was 20 years old.
"It is not easy to see that gradually he is losing his gifts. He insists on taking free-kicks even though Neymar takes them better, all so that he can continue to be the demigod he has been.
"He is more calculated now. He has lost that spontaneity and strength in his dribbling."
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