Hoddle says Premiership clubs are still ignoring talent like Messi because of his physical size.
In a column for the Daily Mail, Hoddle says: "He has electric pace, he's dynamic and unique. Funnily enough, he goes quiet for spells, but seems to switch on when he senses he can create some danger. He'll lend the ball to Xavi or Iniesta and then when it returns, he'll be alive and ready.
"He is an excellent player in a very good team, with the right platform and playing on a surface that allows him to dribble freely.
"In Spain, they seem to appreciate smaller players. In England, the clubs are still looking for giants, whereas the Spanish clubs appreciated Messi, Xavi, Iniesta... small can be beautiful. And Messi is the best example of that.
"Before him, Ronaldinho wore 10 at Barcelona and now it's the number for Kaka with Real Madrid and Wayne Rooney with Manchester United. The game has changed, but the tradition lives on. None more so than with Lionel Messi."