NEWSMAN – Juventus head coach, Andrea Pirlo has suggested Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is suffering from a psychological problem.

The 41 year old comes face to face with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Both European heavyweights face each other in the last group fixture already guaranteed a place in the round of 16.

However, Messi appears to be struggling this season, Pirlo has insisted his ability has not reduced and he is facing off field issues.

“Messi is at a special moment in his life, not in his career, because he had a problem this summer,” Pirlo said.

“It’s about whether he would stay at Barcelona or not,” DAILYPOST reported.

“But during games he has always shown his value. More than a football [issue], he probably has a psychological problem, but I don’t want to go into it, as it has nothing to do with us.”