Ex-France boss Raymond Domenech makes ridiculous claim about Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi is almost 30-years-old - just let that sink in for a minute.

It feels like only yesterday the Argentine burst onto the scene as a fresh-faced teenager and scored his first Barcelona goal with that lob against Albacete in 2005.

Almost 12 years on from that iconic moment and Messi has won a record five Ballon d'Ors and broken too many goalscoring records to count.

So incredible has his career been at Barcelona that the Argentina captain is widely regarded as not one of, but the greatest football player of all time.

And yet, somehow, there are still some who doubt Messi's ability.

Alongside Luis Suarez and Neymar this season, Messi has scored 23 league goals - the most in La Liga - and assisted a further seven.

Elsewhere, in the Champions League, the 29-year-old has fired Barcelona into the quarter-finals of the competition with his 11 goals in just seven appearances.

Oh, and there's the small matter of scoring four goals en route to the Copa del Rey final, which Luis Enrique's men are expected to win against Alaves on May 27.

Messi has enjoyed another phenomenal season in Catalonia but that isn't good enough for a certain former France manager: Raymond Domenech.

The 65-year-old is a renowned hater of Messi but his recent comments made to L'Equipe about the striker are just plain ridiculous.

Believe it or not, he told the French outlet (see below): "Messi is Barca's worst player. He used to be magnificent, but not anymore. He can no longer keep up."

Domenech's bizarre comments, as you would expect, sparked fury on social media. Here's how football fans reacted on Twitter.


This isn't the first time Domenech has verbally abused Messi. Prior to Barcelona's 6-1 thrashing of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last week, he said the Argentine is "losing his gifts".

"Embroiled in problems about extending his contract, Messi does not have the energy he had when he was 20 years old," he said.

"It is not easy to see that gradually he is losing his gifts. He insists on taking free-kicks even though Neymar takes them better, all so that he can continue to be the demigod he has been.

"He is more calculated now. He has lost that spontaneity and strength in his dribbling."

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