The outspoken former Manchester United forward has questioned the choices made by the Barcelona talisman regarding his appearance, likening him to the lead singer of a boy band

Eric Cantona can always be relied upon to pass judgement on the big issues in football.

Yes, he has become distracted by seagulls and trawlers in the past, but you get the gist of what he is trying to say…don’t you?

Well, the latest subject to get the Cantona treatment is the one and only Lionel Messi.

The Barcelona forward may not be able to match eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the style stakes, but he has been experimenting somewhat with his look of late.

Peroxide blond hair, a hipster beard and sleeve tattoo, the mercurial Argentine has deserted his clean-cut image of old.

There will be many who prefer the more rugged Messi to the boy-next-door persona of his past, but Manchester United icon Cantona is not one of them!

“What is up with Lionel Messi?” he said in his role as Eurosport’s self-appointed ‘Commissioner of Football’.

“Bleach blond hair, red beard? Did he become the lead singer of a boys’ band?

“When he got the tattoo I was concerned, but this? Whoever did that to him should be ashamed. You turned our hero into a poor man’s Justin Bieber!”

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