Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole slammed Barcelona captain Lionel Messi following the Blaugrana Champions League last 16 first leg, 4-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night at Camp Nou .
He also warned Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola of Messi signing.
Cole believes Messi was not ’emotionally engaged’ and was ‘disinterested’ in the Barcelona-PSG game, adding that it would be a ‘bet’ for Guardiola to sign him if he continues to play like this.
Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a first leg advantage over Barcelona ahead of the second leg next month.
Speaking after the game, Cole told BT Sport, “Selfless is the word. They (Barcelona) had no power, no unity.
“Messi looked disinterested. It’s really hard for any former player to criticize him because he’s a genius and the greatest player I’ve seen playing football, but tonight he didn’t look like he was. be emotionally engaged in the game.
“He’s a leader, as are (Gerard) Pique and (Sergio) Busquets. The spine of the Barcelona squad seemed weak and fell apart.
“It was 4-1 – but it could have been five or six. It is a worrying time for Barcelona.
He added: “You will need to do your due diligence before signing Messi.
“Messi, 34, if he plays like that, it will be a bet. To take her to a club where Pep [Guardiola] is based on energy, enthusiasm, friendliness.
“It’s a mess at Barca, I don’t know how they’re going to sort it out. I don’t see Messi staying there.
“It’s going to be difficult for him to connect in one of these great teams because he’s going to have to step back and move like he did three or four years ago.