Sport Messi gets 4/10 by L'Equipe after 'hit and miss' display vs Man City
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Ronaldo - a five-time winner - finished sixth and 435 votes astray of Messi yet the Manchester United forward has poured scorn on his Argentinean rival's victory in the Ballon d'Or on Monday night.PSG star Messi won his seventh Ballon d'Or on Monday night, beating Bayern Munich marksman Lewandowski to the prize by 33 votes.
Lionel Messi incurred the wrath of famously savage French paper L'Equipe after his off-colour display againston Wednesday night - calling the Argentine 'hit and miss' in the 2-1 defeat.
by beating one of the favourites to win the trophy, as goals from Raheem Sterling and saw them come from behind after Kylian Mbappe's opener.
But for all of's attacking talents, they offered little to threaten Pep Guardiola's men after going ahead - registering just two shots on target - with Messi singled out for a nearly anonymous performance as he was handed a four out of ten by L'Equipe.
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The French outlet are notoriously tough with their ratings and were left unimpressed by the star, claiming he was 'overwhelmed by defenders' at the Etihad.
'Yes, he delivers the almost decisive pass to Mbappe [for the goal], yes, he initiates some situations by his work as a pivot between the lines, but we are entitled to expect more [from] a six-time Ballon d'Or [winner],' the paper said. 'In the [build up] of the game, he must [do] more.
'Some of his [final third] choices were hit and miss. More worrying, sometimes, he [looked] overwhelmed against defenders.'
Mbappe and Neymar were not spared from criticism either. While L'Equipe handed the French forward an ultra rare 10/10 after his four-goal haul against Kazakhstan earlier this month, they were nowhere near as generous here - giving him a five.
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PSG started with their famed front three of Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at the Etihad Stadium and Anelka feels boss Mauricio Pochettino has his hands tied with the style of play.The former Arsenal and Chelsea striker has been less than impressed with Messi since he swapped Barcelona for Paris in the summer and his ire showed itself again on French television after a 2-1 defeat to Man City in the Champions League.
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'The Parisian striker has long been untraceable,' it added. 'He had to move - to the right in particular - to be served. Sometimes rough in 1 v 1, he [was] imprecise during his duel against Ederson. In the period of Parisian domination, when the 'MNM' (Messie, Neymar Mbappe) finally appeared, Mbappe made some differences.'
Neymar also got five, although he received less stinging criticism - as they admitted they 'can't blame him for hiding' against City and praised him for a superb through ball to Mbappe to send him through on goal. They did, however, slam him for a late miss towards the end of the match.
And boss Mauricio Pochettino - who continues to be surrounded by heavy links to the Manchester United job - was accused of having his tactics 'swept away'.
'Difficult to assess it, because his initial game plan was swept away by the absence of Verratti,' said the verdict.
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'His team suffered too much at first and did not show control. Faced with the injuries of Gueye, Herrera and Nuno Mendes, he [was] forced to adapt. His choices - Kehrer on the left, Danilo torchbearer - [were] not efficient. His tactical changes - moving to 4-2-3-1 - [did] not bring more control.'
Guardiola got the upper hand over his former Premier League rival boss and got a six from L'Equipe.
PSG's top performing player was their defensive unit of centre-backs Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos in front of goalkeeper Keylor Navas - who all got a six out of ten. However, their full backs either side of them, Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes, both followed Messi and Pochettino in being awarded fours.
Former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera was also given a four.
They were much kinder to Man City, and were most impressed by Riyad Mahrez on the opposing team. L'Equipe said he was the focal point of City's attack and kept PSG busy with his 'dangerous dribbling.
Meanwhile, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was awarded a seven, as was Bernardo Silva, but goalscorer Raheem Sterling had to settle for a six.
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