Lionel Messi Confirms He Could Do It on a Cold, Wet, Wednesday Night in Stoke

Tom WebbUK Staff WriterJanuary 19, 2016

Barcelona's forward Bojan Krkic (R) celebrates with his team-mate Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) after scoring against Real Sociedad during their Spanish league football match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on December 12, 2010.  FC Barcelona won 5-0.   AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Finally, an answer to the age-old question.

Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has revealed that he has asked Lionel Messi if he could replicate his world-beating performances in La Liga and the Champions League "on a cold, wet, Wednesday night in Stoke."

And sure enough, Messi backs himself to perform at the famously tricky Britannia Stadium.

"I asked Messi about that," Balague revealed in an interview with Stoke City star Bojan Krkic for Sky Sports (via the Sentinel). "He said, 'Those people that say that should realise I played in awful conditions in Rosario when I was 11 years old, with glass on the pitch, with holes and everything,' … And he also played good."

Ex-Barca star Bojan has thrived since joining Stoke from Ajax in 2014, and he has no doubts that his former team-mate could reproduce his success.

"Messi can do it!" he told Balague. "I understand that teams don't like to come to the Britannia Stadium, especially in winter with the wind, the cold … and we're a strong team. It's not easy. But I try to enjoy it and I try to improve my football in that situation."

Messi to Stoke City, anyone?

[h/t Sky Sports, the Sentinel]