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Ian Holloway reckons a Championship player could play with Leo Messi.

Ian Holloway says Championship striker could play with Lionel Messi

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Juventus made football history 24 years ago when they made Gianluca Vialli the most expensive player in football history.

£12 million was how much it took for Sampdoria to say yes. In 1992, £12m was a lot of money but today, Europe’s biggest clubs will find that much down the back of the manager’s chair.

Fast-forward to the modern era and £100m will get you one Paul Pogba. While Juventus paid £12m for Vialli, Manchester United are preparing to pay Pogba’s agent £20m for his involvement in the midfielder’s move to Old Trafford.

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So £12m might not get you very far at the top of the game.

But, although the Championship is one tier below the Premier League, England’s second division is nowhere near the top of the game as far as transfer fees are concerned.

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In fact, £12m is the most money any Championship club has ever spent on a player.

That’s how much Aston Villa paid Fulham for Ross McCormack this week, the fee potentially rising to £14m.

And there are many who think the Villains have overspent, would you believe.

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Never played in the Premier League

McCormack, who scored 21 goals last season, is 29-years-old and has never played a Premier League game in his life. Of course, if the forward helps Villa return to the top flight, where the riches are truly incredible, then £12m will be considered a bargain.

But the general consensus is that of disbelief.

Regardless of his price tag, Roberto Di Matteo has brought in a proven finisher who’s been a Championship star for years. He’s been linked with moves to the top flight for an eternity but, like Jordan Rhodes with Middlesbrough, may find that promotion with Villa is his best chance of playing against United and co.

Holloway's ridiculous comparison

It’s hard to really call a player a star when he has never played against the big boys but Ian Holloway is ready to use that tag on McCormack.

In fact, the former QPR and Blackpool boss is of the belief that the Scottish striker could play for Barcelona or Real Madrid.

That’s not even a lie. Speaking during Sky Sports’ broadcast of the opening Championship game of 2016/17 between Fulham and Newcastle United, Holloway said that McCormack could play with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Don’t believe us? Listen for yourself.

“He could play with any one of them,” the pundit utters. “He could play with Messi, he could play with Ronaldo. He is a genius.”

Needless to say, the reaction on social media was ferocious.

It’s official. Holloway has gone mad.

Are there any Championship players good enough to play for Barcelona or Real Madrid? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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