Lionel Messi’s presence in the Paris Saint-Germain club, according to Jamie Carragher, would cost them the Champions League.
PSG will not win the competition, according to the former Liverpool player, because they are ‘carrying three passengers’ in Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe.
After a 2-1 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening, the French team was only able to finish second in Group A.
Mbappe put the visitors ahead, but City responded with Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus before Gabriel Jesus scored the winner with 14 minutes remaining.
City dominated the French side, with Messi and Neymar both struggling to make an impression.
And the Liverpool great believes that the Ligue 1 champions’ strikers are holding the club down due to their lack of effort.
“I just don’t believe teams can carry anybody now,” Carragher told Paramount Plus.
“Let’s say the four teams who I think one of them will win the Champions League – Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea or Bayern Munich – they do not carry one passenger in the team.
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“They [PSG] are carrying three, they’ve got absolutely no chance of winning the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain, absolutely no chance.
“I get frustrated watching it because with Mbappe more than anybody. I can almost understand Messi to a certain extent, he’s 34, he has to save himself for certain moments, I still don’t think they can carry him, let’s not forget Barcelona haven’t won a Champions League for a long time.
“But Mbappe is 22, he should be sprinting back and getting back helping his teammates against a top Man City team. This thing about walking around the pitch, it’s not for me.
“When I see [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane for Liverpool sprinting everywhere, I see [Kevin] De Bruyne, I see Mahrez, Raheem Sterling the same, Thomas Muller for Bayern Munich, [Robert] Lewandowski.
“I just can’t accept, I don’t care how good they are, that they don’t work for the team. The days of carrying passengers are long gone.
“And that’s why the best three teams in Europe right now – four teams as Chelsea are Champions League winners – the other teams won’t win it.
“I’ve said this about [Cristiano] Ronaldo as well but at least Ronaldo is getting goals. Ronaldo is a passenger without the ball, his goals are making up for that at this minute
“In the Champions League games, certainly tonight their goals haven’t made up for it.
“Unless you score, you’re carrying passengers, and at this level of football you’ll have no chance, Manchester United won’t win the Champions League.”