Former Argentina goalkeeper, Hugo Gatti, criticizes Messi, saying that he's no longer a phenomenon.
Hugo Gatti believes Barcelona and Argentina superstar and the six-time winner of Ballon d'Or winner, Lionel Messi, is no longer a phenomenon.
Although Messi scored four goals in Barca's 5-0 win against Deportiva Eibar, he has failed to score in his past six matches.
In Barca's 2-0 loss to Real Madrid, Messi struggled hard to make an impact but in vain, and former Argentina goalkeeper, Gatti, takes the blame at Messi for the recent El Clasico loss.
"I don't care if they criticise me in Argentina," Gatti said on El Chiringuito. "I'm very Argentinian and Messi is a phenomenon, but he's not a phenomenon now.
"They treat him wrong because they big him up and big him up and treat him wrong. He gets used to it and walks more on the pitch. He has to be better.
"Cristiano [Ronaldo] and him are the two best. Messi has to be better, he's got used to playing at a weary rhythm, walking and those that know football think the same.
"Take off, kid. You have to play well. When there's a player like Messi, like it was with Maradona and Pele, and his team-mates always give the ball to him to win the game.
"They spoil the team and they don't put everything they have into it. The team get used to giving him the ball and not anyone else."
Messi has scored 18 LaLiga goals for Barca this season, and 23 across all competitions.