There are some people who genuinely believe that Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest player in football history, would struggle to perform on a ‘cold, wet and windy night’ at Stoke City.
This, for some bizarre reason, is seen as the benchmark in the eyes of some football fans who believe Messi cannot be considered the best of all time unless he proves himself on a particularly chilly evening at the Britannia Stadium.
Forget everything else Messi has achieved throughout his glittering career - the five Ballon d’Or awards, the 467 goals in 543 appearances and the incredible number of team trophies he’s won - the Argentina international has nothing on Rory Delap and big Jon Walters.
The question of whether Messi would be capable of performing at Stoke was put to Bojan Krkic, the former Barcelona forward who now plies his trade with the Potters, earlier this year.
He sounded a bit confused and responded by saying: "Of course. If he came to the Britannia he will also play good."
Suarez explains what Messi would do to Stoke
And now Denis Suarez, Messi’s current teammate who spent time in England with Manchester City, has been asked the same question during an interview with the Observer.
"Of course he could [perform]," Suarez is quoted as saying by Goal. "He'd pick up the ball, dribble past three players and hit it into the top corner.
"I've seen him seen him do it here in the rain, I've seen him do it in the midday sun.
"He does it where he wants, when he wants. Messi's unique. Put him in any team in the world and he'd be the best, just the same. And against English teams it usually goes OK for him."
Indeed, it does.
Messi has destroyed pretty much all of the big English teams - with the possible exception of Chelsea - in the Champions League at some point during his career.
Some of Messi's best moments v English clubs
Here’s a short compilation video of Messi’s best moments against English clubs…
And that video was made before his hat-trick against Manchester City earlier this month.
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