With Lionel Messi looking for a fifth consecutive Ballon d'Or victory, it made me think, what would happen if the Argentine superstar didn't play for Barcelona?
Gareth Bale has proved himself to be the best player in England, winning both PFA player of the year and young player of the year.
So this made me think, if Messi played in England, would he have the same recognition?
Would he be considered, to most, as the best player in the world and be able to win the Ballon d'Or?
Bale managed 24 goals in 41 games for Tottenham which is impressive, but compared to Messi's 60 goals in 50 appearances.
However, how many goals would the best player in the world manage to bag if he played for the likes of Spurs?
I personally believe that if Bale and Messi were to swap clubs then the Argentine forward would not perform anywhere near as well.
The English game is much more physical and draining for strikers, and if Bale played for Barcelona, he would excel because he has all attributes that can help in Spain.
Bale is quick, has unbelievable dribbling abilities, he is graceful in one-on-one situations with goalkeepers and defenders, he is great in the air, a big strong, athletic player.
I personally believe that the only two players which could realistically win the Ballon d'Or if Messi was in England is Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had this to say after Messi's historic fourth Ballon d'Or.
"I believe he has been rewarded for that, but for me I’m more a fan of collective sport, so I feel people like Casillas, Ronaldo – who won the championship – and especially Iniesta deserved it more," said Wenger.
But seriously, what do you think? Do you agree with me and think Messi would not win for the fifth consecutive time and either Bale or Ronaldo would be classed as the best player in the world?
Or do you think perhaps someone like Andres Iniesta would win the most prestige's award in world football?
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