I wouldn't say "shit" obviously, but would he have the record he has or the consistent form he's in if he was playing regularly in the PL? 100% Not even close. Yes, we saw a few sparks from him against Arsenal and Utd in the CL, but, in the same amount(if not more)we also saw him in miserable performances like almost all his matches against Chelsea. And even if you put this aside, he wouldn't be able to run through defenses with the physical style of the PL like he does in Spain. There's a reason LL strikers like a Aduriz or a Hemed has almost the same scoring record of the RVP's and the Suarez's. Not taking anything away from Messi because he has a rare talent but nothing he did against the English teams gives any indicator to what he would be in the PL(You can make the argument in the negative side). And when it's not in a big stage and there's a random away game against the physical Norwich's, he's not scoring 3s like he does against the Granada's. IMO.
Yeah I explained on a earlier post mate about my over the top statement.
Originally Posted by TheF1BOB
Fair enough, I gone bit too far with that statement but he would struggle more that's for damn sure.
Saying that, he'll probably score 5 past us in the Champions League.
Messi is a great player when given time or when the opposition don't have the slightest idea of defending. Even this year, the Celtic match proved, against teams with a physical presence and well organised, he struggles. That's why I respect guys like a Thierry Henry, Ronaldo (chunky one) or Roberto Baggio (did what Messi did when defending was allowed).
As a Gunner, my favorite memories all involved one Thierry Henry. I don't know whether I'm biased, but what is the definition of a legendary player? That the opponents are terrified when you have to play against him? The players couldn't sleep imagining what Henry would do to them on match-day? How he destroyed teams single-handedly? How he was THE PL player for most of his Arsenal career? Or, the way he's won everything there is to win at Club and International level?
I won't go for an all-time list because there are many, many players who have been phenomenal. But I can say this: there was a time in 2003/2004 when Henry was the best player walking on God's green Earth. I also can say that in my lifetime the greatest players I've watched LIVE are Messi, Ronaldo, Zidane, and Henry.