Messi is among the legends of the sport. That is undisputed, but at 35 he is most definitely in the twilight of his career.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has frightening goal figures, with 769 in 974 games across his career with an added 331 assists.

His move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer on a free transfer was one of the biggest talking points before the start of last season.

Messi managed just 11 goals in 34 games in 2021/22 – his worst return since 2005/06.

There are no major indications he will leave the Ligue 1 club this summer, although there have been rumblings previously of a possible return to Barcelona or a switch to the MLS.

Former Man City, Leeds and Charlton defender Mills, meanwhile, does not believe the top six in the Premier League would want the Argentina superstar right now.

He told talkSPORT: “Would you take Lionel Messi, who I think is the greatest footballer I have ever seen. I didn’t see Cruyff live or Maradona.

“Messi is the best footballer I’ve ever seen. I know Ronaldo’s numbers are a little better and he’s more of a big game player.

“In terms of being a footballer, Messi is the greatest.

“But would you take Messi in your team now, probably not.

“I don’t think they [top six] would take him. Liverpool? No. Man City? No. Tottenham? No, I don’t think they would.”

But former Aston Villa striker Gabby Abgonlahor completely disagreed with Mills and went through every top six team.

Responding on talkSPORT Breakfast, Laura Woods asked: “Would City have him?

GA: “1000 per cent.”

LW: “Liverpool?”

GA: “1000 per cent.”

LW: “Chelsea?”

GA: “Would be the first name on the team sheet for Chelsea, especially the forward line.”

LW: “Spurs?”

GA: “1000 per cent, he would start over [Dejan] Kuluveski.”

LW: “Arsenal?”

GA: “1000 per cent.”

LW: “Manchester United?”

GA “1000 per cent. Messi, even what he adds off the pitch in terms of shirt sales and revenue in that way, on the pitch when he is motivated. Last season he wasn’t motivated at PSG.

“If he went to Man City with Pep Guardiola, or under Klopp, you’d see a different Messi.

“He would start in all those teams and still has that quality.”

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