Previous Barcelona star Emmanuel Petit trusts Cristiano Ronaldo’s authority capacities give him the edge over Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi does not have leadership characteristics like Cristiano Ronaldo, the former Barcelona player Emmanuel Petit said.

Messi is struggling to make an impact so far at Russia 2018, with Argentina on the very edge of an early World Cup exit following their mortifying 3-0 annihilation to Croatia on Friday.

While Ronaldo got a hatrick in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain before scoring their winner against Morocco, Messi has flopped in front of goa – missing a penalty against Iceland before putting in a disappointing showcase in Nizhny Novgorod.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side should now beat Nigeria to stand a shot of qualifying, despite the fact that they could at present pass up a great opportunity shoud Iceland deal with a far-fetched victory over Croatia, and Petit – a World Cup champ with France in 1998 – demands Messi must shoulder a portion of the fault.

“He’s not a leader. He’s no Ronaldo in such manner. Messi is a standout amongst other players, however he needs to demonstrate that mindset,” Petit told bookmaker Paddy Power.

“He needs to wake up! At the point when things run well with Barcelona he’s a breathtaking player.

“We’ve seen it in the Champions League however, when things don’t go well, he can vanish on the pitch.

“He’s not there any longer. He’s not running, he’s strolling. He’s not worried about the ball.

Argentina met all requirements for the World Cup because of Messi’s heroics in a crunch qualifier against Ecuador, as the Barca star scored a hatrick making sure they qaulified.

In any case, Messi’s splendor on that event covered genuine defects with Sampaoli’s set-up, and Petit thinks slow start in the group stage could be the wake up call Argentina requires.

“The entire group’s body language was so poor, no confidence, no trust between each other. The way they looked, I can’t see Argentina qualifying now,” he proceeded.

“It would be a disgrace to see them qualify, in light of the fact that against Iceland they looked appalling, with no motivation, nothing by any stretch of the imagination.

“What’s more, the coach Sampaoli has committed such a significant number of errors since the beginning of the competition, in picking his group, making substitutions, everything.

“You recollect such a significant number of Argentina groups with extraordinary players previously, yet this group is so distant from those. They look horrible

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