It’s probably the most groan-inducing question in football. He’s only scored over 500 career goals, won the Champions League twice, La Liga nine times, the Copa del Rey six times. But somehow the question of ‘could Lionel Messi do it on a cold, wet Tuesday night in Stoke?’ has cropped up again and again. It basically boils down to the fact that the Barcelona superstar has never played in the English Premier League. That the question exists at all is perhaps a symptom of the perceived arrogance surrounding the self-proclaimed “best league in the world”. Nonetheless, Spanish journalist Guillem Balague finally put the question to the man himself – and this is what he said. Balague told The Mirror: “I asked Messi about people in England saying: ‘You would not do so well on a cold, wet night in Stoke.’ “He said: ‘They should have seen the pitches I played on in Rosario.’” His answer refers to the city of Rosario in Messi’s native Argentina. The 31-year-old started his career with Newell’s Old Boys before being snapped up by Barcelona at the age of just 13. We’re glad this one could finally be put to bed.