ADIL RAMI has sensationally claimed Lionel Messi is ‘easier to defend against’ now he’s at Paris Saint-Germain.
The ex-France international, 35, is currently starring for Ligue 1 minnows Troyes and hasn’t played against Messi, 34, since his Barcelona days.
Speaking about Messi to Ligue 1’s website, Rami said: “Granted, I never won, but there were draws and 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 have already played Troyes this season – with neither Messi nor Rami featuring – and aren’t scheduled to meet again until MAY.
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Rami also offered his opinion on the Argentine’s PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe, who is out of contract in June.
He added: “I am a big fan of Kylian Mbappe and I deeply hope that he will have a Ballon d’Or.
“And I am happy he stayed at PSG because Messi is going to give him so much.
“Honestly, if Mbappe understands his role then the team will hurt others a lot.”
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