Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are arguably two of the greatest footballers the game has ever seen. Between them, they have won the Ballon D'or on Eleven occasions and many other individual awards, several times.
Despite being rivals, both Ronaldo and Messi did something similar this summer when they both changed club, as Messi left Barcelona for PSG and Ronaldo returned to Manchester United. While Ronaldo has had an ideal start to his life in Manchester United, the same cannot be said of Messi, who just opened his account for PSG against City last night. Despite their different start to life at their respective clubs, we believe both players have faced one similar problem in their new environment, and we will discuss that extensively in this article.
While PSG have had an ideal start to the new season in the French league, having won all eight of their league matches till date, the same cannot be said of Manchester United who suffered a home loss on Saturday and was beaten in their first game of the Champions League campaign. Below we analyze one similar problem Ronaldo and Messi are facing at their new club.
In my opinion, the same Problem the Portugal captain and the former Barcelona striker are facing is coaching problems. Both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mauricio Pochetino have been backed seriously by their club this summer, which means they have the squad to compete for all honors, however, despite everything they are blessed with, both managers have not gotten it right with their team selections and tactics.
Ronaldo will be shocked at how clueless United are anytime they are playing against a team that defend deep. In fact, against Young Boys, Ronaldo showed he wasn't pleased with Solskjaer's game management as he was seen barking instructions from the touchline after he was subbed off. In Messi's case, too, he has been facing similar challenges with Pochetino.
Against Lyon, Lionel Messi was angered by Pochetino's decision to sub him off. Although the decision was vindicated by PSG's late goal, but their performances generally this season shows that he has not gotten things right with his team selections and playing style which often left them exposed against teams, and occasionally they get dominated too.
Undoubtedly, if Ronaldo and Messi both get good coaches in their respective clubs who can get the best out of their team, then both players will thrive again.
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