One of life’s great mysteries may well have been answered: could Lionel Messi do it on a cold, wet and windy night at Stoke City?
It’s a question that has sparked fierce debate amongst football fans for years; some believe arguably the greatest footballer of all time simply wouldn’t be able to hack it on the unforgiving Britannia Stadium pitch.
But Messi himself has no doubt that he could shine if he ever gets the opportunity to strut his stuff at the home of the Potters.
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Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague asked Stoke City forward Bojan, who used to play alongside Messi at the Camp Nou, if the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could hack it at the Britannia.
According to Stoke Sentinel, he replied: "Messi can do it! I understand that teams don't like to come to the Britannia Stadium, especially in winter with the wind, the cold … and we're a strong team. It's not easy. But I try to enjoy it and I try to improve my football in that situation."
Balague: Messi's answer to Stoke question
Balague then revealed what Messi told him when he asked the Barcelona and Argentina legend if he felt the Britannia Stadium would be his Kryptonite.
"I asked Messi about that,” Balague commented. "He said, 'Those people that say that should realise I played in awful conditions in Rosario when I was 11 years old, with glass on the pitch, with holes and everything,' … And he also played good."
Bojan concurred by saying: "Of course. If he came to the Britannia he will also play good."
Of course Messi could shine at Stoke
So, there we have it. Although it’s not definite proof that Messi could do the business on a tough night at Stoke, it’s probably about as close as we’re going to get to knowing the answer.
And we’re prepared to take Messi’s word for it.
Could Lionel Messi really hack it on a cold, wet and windy night at the Britannia? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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