Chiellini has made it known that the wonder goal Messi scored against Athletic in the Copa del Rey final will be impossible against an Italian defence.
Messi’s brilliance us once again the talk of the globe after his opener against Athletic left four players trailing after him.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Champions League final against Barca, Chiellini lauded Messi’s talent but argued the four-time Ballon d’Or winner would be better marked if he plied his trade in Serie A.
“It was certainly a great goal,” the versatile centre-back told reporters on Monday. “I don’t think Messi would be able to score a goal like that in Italy, where the defending is much better than in Spain.
“There’s better football in La Liga but worse defending.
“But Messi is now the god of football. It’s difficult to compare him with Diego Maradona, Pele and company, but he’s probably the best player of the last 30 years.”