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Messi vs Stoke verdict

It’s the question that many pose: “Could Lionel Messi do it on a cold night in Stoke?”

Well, former Potters manager Tony Pulis is in no doubt.

He said of the wantaway Barcelona star: “People are now asking how Lionel Messi might get on if he had to play at Stoke on a wet, windy Tuesday night. Or some of the slightly less glamorous Premier League grounds if he does sign for Manchester City.

“I think he would be amazing. He is blessed with amazing skill, of course. I always remember sitting with my son, Anthony, at Arsenal one night and watching Barcelona during the warm-up.

“Messi launched this ball miles into the air and then killed it dead with his foot when it came back down. Anthony and I just looked at each other. Normal human beings aren’t capable of doing that.

“But people forget just how robust Messi is. He is tough, strong, he tracks back for his team when necessary, and no matter what the situation he will create opportunities either for himself or his team-mates.”

Lionel Messi is ready to leave Barcelona after growing frustrated in the direction of the club (Image: Getty)