French World Cup star Adil Rami claims Lionel Messi is easy to defend against

Lionel Messi of PSG
Lionel Messi of PSG - IMAGO / Le Pictorium

The French defender feels that Messi wouldn’t be a threat in the final third.

French defender Adil Rami, who currently plays for Ligue 1 club Troyes, has claimed that Lionel Messi would be easier to defend against now at PSG.

Les Parisiens signed Messi on a free transfer from Barcelona in the summer transfer window, but the Argentine has been off to an uncharacteristically slow start in France.

The 34-year-old is yet to open his account in Ligue 1 this season while he has already scored his first goal in the Paris Saint Germain shirt against Manchester City in the Champions League.

Former Valencia defender Rami, who was part of France’s World Cup winning team in 2018, feels that Messi has evolved into a passer and he is no longer a threat in the attacking third than he used to be at Barcelona.

The 35-year-old had encountered the Argentine legend many times during his time in La Liga but claims that it is easier to defend against him now.

Rami said (h/t Goal): “Granted, I never won, but there were draws and [chuckling] I got four or five shirts from him.

“He was too strong, back then he was always behind my back. He’d be offside and then he would move back to touch the halfway line and then go again.

“Now he’s more of a passer, so it’s easier for defenders as we can wait.

“I don’t think he’s able to do his slalom moves so much.”

PSG’s winning streak in Ligue 1 this season came to an end against Rennes last week but Mauricio Pochettino’s side are looking to bounce back after the international break when they face Angers.