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“Lionel Messi is not a leader” – Emmanuel Petit

World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit had some harsh words for Lionel Messi regarding his performances in Russia.

"Lionel Messi is not a leader" - Emmanuel Petit

Lionel Messi is not the leader that Cristiano Ronaldo is, according to Emmanuel Petit. “He is not a leader. Not like Ronaldo. Messi is one of the best ever, but he needs to show leader mentality”, Petit told Paddy Power.

“He needs to wake up! When things don’t go well, he can disappear on the field”, added the Frenchman.

Petit shared his thoughts on the whole Argentina team as well. “The team’s body language is poor, there is no confidence and there is no trust between them. I can not see them qualifying”.

Messi has so far played far from his usual best, missing a crucial penalty against Iceland, and playing a non eventful game against the Croatians as well.