Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t intelligent when he chose to return to Manchester United last summer, according to former Arsenal and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka.
Anelka also believes Lionel Messi wasn’t intelligent in choosing to join PSG after leaving Barcelona last summer.
According to Anelka, Ronaldo and Messi should have plumped for easier challenges to finish their glittering careers.
“This is what happens to players who want to play longer,” Anelka told RMC Sport. “Their careers are over and I think they must both be very happy with what they have achieved in the last 15 years. They were above the others and now it is normal for them to slow down.
“I was more surprised with Messi than with Ronaldo, I thought that Messi would turn around in France and Ronaldo would have more difficulties in England because, for me, the Premier League is the most demanding championship in the world.
“[They] were not intelligent. They should have thought of facing a less complicated challenge because you have to make the right decisions to finish at the top. There are players who don’t hesitate to finish at 32, 33, 34 so as not to be criticized. I stopped at 36, but at 32 I went to China.”