“But could he do it on a cold, rainy night at Stoke?” is often the question labelled at foreign stars, a winter trip to the Potteries the defining acid test amongst often arrogant fanatics of the Premier League.
It is a question that has been thrown bizarrely in the direction of many illustrious names, including a certain Lionel Messi once upon a time.
Given the performances Messi has produced time after time in the Champions League, we’ll go out on a limb here and says he’d be just fine should he ever complete a move to the Premier League, having regularly tormented English opposition under the competition’s bright lights.
Messi’s list of brilliant games against Premier League sides includes that four-goal destruction of Arsenal, whilst Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool have all fallen victim to the Argentine’s brilliance in recent years.
Arguably the greatest footballer to have graced the game, here are some of Lionel Messi’s greatest goals against Premier League opposition.