Video Of Lionel Messi Goals Against English Teams Proves He'd Boss The Premier League
Lionel Messi is one of the greatest players to have ever graced the pitch but some fans still question him for not playing outside of Spain, but there's plenty of proof he'd be fine in England.
Furthermore fans in England used to question if he could 'do it' on the almost mythical 'Tuesday night in Stoke,' as if a weekday evening game in Staffordshire was the hardest test in football.
Messi though has 26 goals and six assists in 34 games against English opposition, which rather disproves any idea he couldn't hack it in the Premier League.
Messi only ever gets the chance to play against the teams in the Champions League, and the games often come in the latter part of the competition, slightly more difficult than facing Stoke, even when the Potters were in the Premier League.
The 32-year-old might not always be on the winning side when he comes up against sides from England but more often than not he leaves a mark.
Barcelona may have been on the wrong side of Liverpool's incredible semi-final but Messi still has a record of two goals in four games against the Reds.
Against Arsenal things are even better, with the Argentina super star bagging nine goals in just six appearances, including a four goal haul in the 2010 quarter final.
The rest of the 'big six' have also been hit by the forward's brilliance, with Manchester City having conceded six times to the 10 time La Liga winner and rivals United conceding four times, both in six games.
Two of his goals against United came in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals, as the Spanish side won both titles.
He has a 100% goals to game ratio against Spurs, with two in two, but Chelsea are the only team he seems to have particular issues with, with just three goals in 10 appearances.
Considering those sides have been top of the English game consistently throughout most of Messi's career it's pretty reasonable to suggest he'd have no problem against teams who aren't as good as them.
It's a bit of a shame that Messi has never played in another league outside of Spain but we also bemoan the lack of loyalty in footballer's too often.