There is a long-held belief that Lionel Messi would struggle in the Premier League.
The style in La Liga is vastly different to that in England, where players are much more physical. Up against Ryan Shawcross on a cold, wet night in Stoke? Messi would become anonymous after one bruising challenge, doubters claim.
Yet Messi proved just how ridiculous that notion is against Manchester City on Wednesday night.
Everyone knows that in a 50-50 challenge, Shawcross, and plenty of other Premier League centre backs, would beat Messi nine times out of 10.
But Messi is the world’s best player because he has the technique to outclass any opponent.
He scored a hat-trick against Pep Guardiola’s team at the Camp Nou, showing off his intelligence with the first goal, a ferocious shot with the second and clever movement with the third.
Still doubt whether he could cut it in England? Just look at his goalscoring record against English teams.
Not only does Messi score against Premier League clubs, but they’re his favourite opponent, too.
If you needed any more evidence of Messi’s class against English clubs, just check out this video.
Nolito: Messi was the difference
Nolito believes the Argentine was the difference in last night’s clash, as Barcelona took full advantage of Claudio Bravo’s sending off in the second half.
"Messi is the best player in the world so he makes the difference," he told City's official website, per Goal.
"When he gets the ball, he always does something, a goal or an assist."
That proved true against Man City. He would go on to win a penalty and assist Neymar’s goal.
Yeah, he would dominate in England.
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