Clearly, that’s always been somewhat of a ridiculous argument but the fact the Argentine is seemingly likely to never play in the division led to questions as to whether or not he could do ‘it’ (whatever that means) on a cold Tuesday night in Stoke.
Well, given Messi’s record against English clubs in the Champions League – as well as his overall brilliance – it seems safe to assume he could.
Indeed, the Paris Saint-Germain forward has scored at least two goals against all of the ‘Big Six’ in this country and even that doesn’t tell the whole story.
The quality of his performances against Manchester United in two finals, Liverpool at the Camp Nou before Barcelona‘s collapse, Arsenal in a four-goal masterclass back in 2010, Tottenham at Wembley and Manchester City during Pep Guardiola’s early days live long in the memory.
In fact, there have been so many moments of quality that’s easy to forget some of them. Luckily, fan account @EncaraMessi30 have reminded us of one particular instance.
During a Champions League quarter-final meeting between Barca and United (a tie the Spanish side would end up winning 4-0 on aggregate) Messi produced a stunning moment of individual quality.
Harried by the opposition, he showcased his almost supernatural ability to keep a hold of the ball, using his low centre of gravity to elude Phil Jones, Scott McTominay (who even pushes Messi) and Jesse Lingard.
You can watch the video below.
At this point, it almost sounds too obvious to praise Messi’s brilliance when it comes to dribbling. Still, to see it up close truly is amazing, as it was for a number of supporters who reacted in awe.
“Imagine if Ronaldo tries this,” said Sam.
“They’re not even trying to stop him. It’s as if they’re scared to make a tackle just because he’s Messi,” said Eren Jaeger.
“It’s like the ball is glued to his foot,” said Vanessa the Red Devil.
Years before Manchester City’s Bernando Silva set social media ablaze with a similar kind of run, Messi was out in front.