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Lionel Messi Is Not Good Enough For Stoke City & Barcelona Would Struggle In EPL

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Former Aston Villa and Everton striker A. Gray questions whether Lionel Messi's could perform as well in the English Premier League.

By Paul Macdonald

Dec 21, 2010 6:00:00 PM

Top English Premier League TV pundit and journalist A.Gray has sensationally remarked that Barcelona’s World Player of the Year Lionel Messi would struggle to cope with the rigours of the English Premier League, and believes he could not cut it away at Stoke City.

The Sky Sports host, who enjoyed spells with Aston Villa and Everton during his playing career, was discussing the 2010 Ballon d’Or nominees during Monday evening’s broadcast of Manchester City versus Everton.

When asked by co-presenter the hairy-handed halfwit whether he felt Messi and Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo would be capable of scoring so prolifically in England, Gray stated his belief that the Argentine would "struggle in a cold night at the Britiannia Stadium", referring to the home of top-flight side Stoke City. He added that "Barcelona would struggle in the EPL as they've never played the likes of Stoke."

The 55-year-old also claimed that La Liga, when compared to its English equivalent, did not have the same depth of quality, hinting that Ronaldo and Messi would labour to score as consistently, despite the former scoring 31 goals in 34 matches for Manchester United in the 2007-08 season.

Furthermore, on Ronaldo, Gray criticised the decision to omit the Portuguese from the final of the Ballon d’Or, but added that he "would not be the player that he is today had he not played in English football".

Gray's remarks have caused quite a stir around the world, and the SKY pundit has been heavily criticised on social networking sites such as facebook and twitter.

http://www.goal.com/en/news/12/spain/2010/12/21/2271054/lionel-messi-is-not-good-enough-for-stoke-city-barcelona

:rofl:

Sack the fat haggis eating degenerate

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Not that I agree with him, but many previously thoguht of as class continental players have come to the PL and not fancied it. Or simply been unable to adapt.

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Ok.

with my cynical hat on. i'm gonna go out on a limb even for me and say, Andy Gray is a longtime employee of Sky sports. maybe his saying this to tempt Messi into maybe coming over here so they can charge a little bit more for subscription.

hows that sound.

anybody?

No?

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Even if he is trying to do that.

His level of punditry is the highest we can expect on our tv screens and most of the shitty newspapers that people pick up in the morning, and for that reason he is a f*ck*ng idiot.

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this was discussed in the weekend thread my posts on it were...

andy gray spouting same sh*t as gayle and anelka on sky sports

difference is he gets aid and told to say it

could see he didnt believe what he was saying

he said word for word what anelka and gayle said

could messi cut it in england..... spanish league has no depth blah blah blah

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LOL read what he said about RONALDO no being able to score goals in this league

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The Ronaldo part underlines how much of a fool he is, how many goals did he score that year 42?

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I just hate hearing all this "Oh but could he do it on a cold night up north", never knew that was the standard on how to judge a player.

Gosh the guy has lost the plot.

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Is Andy Gray really tr0lling...

SMH, they've gone public now

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British inferiority.

Haters gon' hate.

Came in to say.

Not even funny no more, these man are beyond salty.

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I'm gonna totally disregard the Messi comments and the Barcelona as air.

But I dont get the hate on him saying that Ronaldo wouldnt have become the player he did if he hadnt played in England, when certain man on here suggested he wouldn't have been if he went Arsenal instead of United...

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tbh nothing should be made of these commments.

its so bait sky have told him to hype the prem. messi has been getting too much air time.

all theyre doing is getting all those andy gray puppets in england to listen to him, and beleive in his sh*t talk so they continue to sell there tv packages at extortianate prices.

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Ronaldo would of been more of a team player if he went Arsenal but if he went either Liverpool or Juventus or Inter well(see Quaresma)

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Hairy handed halfwit :lol:

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Andy Cole (ex-Man Utd): "When I was at City, Guardiola came for a trial. Stuart Pearce said "not the kind of player I'm looking for'" [star]

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Thought I'd put this in here.

Andy Cole (ex-Man Utd): "When I was at City, Guardiola came for a trial. Stuart Pearce said "not the kind of player I'm looking for'"

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JOSEP Guardiola will not be joining Manchester City, the club have confirmed.

The 34-year-old former Spain midfielder turned down a six-month contract at the City of Manchester Stadium in the hope of being offered a longer deal.

Manager Stuart Pearce told official club website, www.mcfc.co.uk: "He's a fantastic professional who showed a great amount of ability.

"I wanted to take a longer look at him and that's why we offered him a six-month deal.

"I fully understand why the player has decided to look for a longer deal elsewhere and he leaves with our best wishes."

Lets not get carried away..

Plus we all know what the Premier League is like

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JOSEP Guardiola will not be joining Manchester City, the club have confirmed.

The 34-year-old former Spain midfielder turned down a six-month contract at the City of Manchester Stadium in the hope of being offered a longer deal.

Manager Stuart Pearce told official club website, www.mcfc.co.uk: "He's a fantastic professional who showed a great amount of ability.

"I wanted to take a longer look at him and that's why we offered him a six-month deal.

"I fully understand why the player has decided to look for a longer deal elsewhere and he leaves with our best wishes."

Lets not get carried away..

Plus we all know what the Premier League is like

don't read yr shitty posts but who's the peng snowflake in yr pic?

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At some point messi has to come to the PL and murk

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If he ever leaves, hes going to Inter. Moratti is already stacking for the move

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