Jamie Carragher claims “passenger” Lionel Messi is no longer matching Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are gradually slowing down after years at football's pinnacle
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Despite criticism of his lack of pressing, the Portuguese icon has scored 10 goals and registered two assists in 15 appearances in all competitions.

The latest of these goals came against Villarreal on Tuesday, when he produced another sensational late strike to set United on course for victory.

Messi, meanwhile, has four goals and one assist in 10 appearances, with injuries affecting his first months at PSG following his arrival from Barcelona this summer.

The Argentina captain endured a frustrating outing and failed to see much of the ball in the 2-0 defeat by Manchester City on Wednesday.

Carragher described Messi and fellow PSG attackers Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as "passengers" in a scathing verdict after the match.

The Liverpool hero has no doubt Ronaldo's efforts to win possession back are also lacking, but he believes his remarkable attacking output is making up for it – and that this is separating him from Messi at present.

"I’ve said this about Ronaldo as well but at least Ronaldo is getting goals," Carragher told CBS Sports .

"Ronaldo is a passenger without the ball, his goals are making up for that at this minute."

Jamie Carragher ruled out Manchester United or PSG winning the Champions League

Although he has been impressed by Ronaldo and the Red Devils finished top of Group A to reach the last 16, Carragher insists United cannot lift the Champions League this season.

The former England defender claims it is impossible to win the competition with "passengers" in the team, so he also ruled out PSG being crowned European champions.

"In the Champions League games, certainly tonight their (PSG's) goals haven’t made up for it," Carragher added.

"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."