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Despite winning all manner of trophies during his career, being named the Ballon d'Or winner a record six times and breaking all sorts of records, one question about Messi is oddly whether he'd be able to do it in England.
Whilst the idea of Messi moving to the more physical Premier League has always been intriguing, it was the idea of the specifically windy Bet365 Stadium in Stoke that was seen as the yardstick.
Barca's star couldn't handle the deluge as he was spotted shivering on the pitch and later had to swap his undershirt and kit as it became too much for him.
Messi shivering ☹️ take my body king pic.twitter.com/sYz1KEiW0C- Baggio :flag_iq: (@BaggioM10) April 10, 2021
The footage from tonight of Messi standing there literally shivering with the cold is quite something. He can't stop his arm trembling. Just before he goes abs changes shirts.- Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) April 10, 2021
:camera_with_flash: - Messi is feeling the cold, he asks for another shirt on top of another one. pic.twitter.com/JYqBUZWP6h- :gem: (@TheEuropeanLad) April 10, 2021
In typical fashion that led fans on Twitter to remark that it was finally proof the 33-year-old couldn't in fact handle it if he played against Championship club Stoke City at their Midlands home.
Messi shivering :sob: them Stoke jokes hold weight- :crystal_ball: Yung Mula (@IRONMANRIP) April 10, 2021
Messi can't even handle a cold night in Madrid and they expect him to be able to handle a cold night in Stoke :sob: https://t.co/n4Tuhc2mIm- RMadridHome (@RMadridHome) April 10, 2021
I think we've just got our answer to "can Messi do it on a cold, rainy night into Stoke". Absolutely not! :joy: He's shivering in Spanish rain let alone Stoke! He wouldn't survive here lol https://t.co/L35KgP15ZV- Younes H-Hamou (@youneshh) April 10, 2021
In conclusion Messi couldn't do it on a cold rainy night in Stoke pic.twitter.com/U2m2rvacgF- ً (@mackutdd) April 10, 2021
Proof that Messi could have never done it on a cold, wet Tuesday night in Stoke:sweat_smile:- Nhlonipho Nkomo (@NkomoNhlonipho) April 10, 2021
Of course the four times Champions League winner has faced English opposition in Europe's top competition on plenty of occasions and tends to do pretty well.
In 34 games against the top Premier League sides, Messi has scored 26 goals and provided six assists, but obviously none of those games were played in Stoke.
Messi wasn't able to help his side go top of La Liga on Saturday night, as Ronald Koeman's team went 2-0 down before half time from Benzema and Toni Kroos' goals.
Barca pulled one back in the second half and might have had a penalty but they now sit one point behind Real and Atletico Madrid, with eight games left for the Catalan giants.
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