Watch: Lionel Messi humiliating PL ‘Big Six’ opponents with nutmegs

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Arsenal, April 2010.

Lionel Messi has never played in the Premier League – but has still managed to embarrass England’s finest on a regular basis during his glittering career. 

Despite winning seven Ballons d’Or in his career, some have suggested that the Argentina captain would have struggled with the physical demands of English football.

His record suggests he probably would have been fine.

Messi has faced English opposition on 37 occasions – all of them in the Champions League – and has scored 27 times while providing six assists.

None of England’s elite clubs have been spared; think of his sumptuous 2019 free-kick against Liverpool, bossing Manchester United in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals or causing Chelsea defender Asier Del Horno to short-circuit back in 2006.

Messi has scored more goals against Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United than his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo – which is remarkable considering Ronaldo has spent six-and-a-half years of his career in the Premier League.

As this brilliant compilation of Messi nutmegging some of the Premier League’s best and brightest players makes clear, we reckon he probably could have done it on a cold night in Stoke after all.


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