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Lionel Messi has scored more goals on his own for Barcelona than Stoke have this decade… so we take a look at how they fare off the pitch as well

Since January 1, 2010, the Argentine wizard has scored 445 goals, while the Potters have found the net just 444 times

“Can he do it on a cold night at Stoke?”, some football fans cheekily ask of Lionel Messi.

There’s not much the Barcelona wizard can’t do – even breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for quickest player to 100 Champions League goals in the 3-0 taming of Chelsea.

Lionel Messi has scored more goals since 2010 than Stoke

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Lionel Messi has scored more goals since 2010 than Stoke

Messi has won eight La Liga titles, four Champions League crowns and even five Ballons d’Or.

It’s fair to say he could probably “do it” at the bet365 Stadium come rain or shine…

In fact, the Argentine superstar could probably take on the entire Stoke squad and come away with the win.

After all, Messi has scored more goals this decade than the entirety of Stoke City FC…

Stoke have scored 444 goals since January 2010, compared to Messi's 445

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Stoke have scored 444 goals since January 2010, compared to Messi’s 445

Since January 1, 2010, the Barca sensation has scored 445 club goals, while the Potters have scored just 444.

While Messi is unquestionably one of the greatest footballers to ever step out onto a football pitch, it’s still remarkable that – over eight years – one man could outscore an entire football club.

That’s just club goals, too. If you were to tack on his record for Argentina, Messi’s tally would be a remarkable 472.

Messi has played more club games since 2010 than Stoke – at 441 compared to 378 – thanks to Barcelona’s habit of progressing in just about every tournament.

Lionel Messi's genius is rarely paralleled by an individual, but even beats an entire club

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Lionel Messi’s genius is rarely paralleled by an individual, but even beats an entire club

Stoke City have averaged a mere 1.17 goals per game since Januar 1, 2010, with Lionel Messi on 1.01 by himself in that span

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Stoke City have averaged a mere 1.17 goals per game since Januar 1, 2010, with Lionel Messi on 1.01 by himself in that span

Stoke’s total goals per game sits at 1.17 compared to Messi’s simply ludicrous 1.01… all by himself.

For context, no Stoke player has scored more than 14 goals in a single season since 2010, when Peter Crouch notched that tally in the 2011-12 season.

Messi, meanwhile, has reached an outrageous high of 73 in the very same season – more than five times as many as Crouchy.

But how else does Messi compare to Stoke, other than with his utter dominance in finding the back of the onion bag? Take a look, below…

HOUSE

Lionel Messi's £10m One Zero Eco House is truly something to behold

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Lionel Messi’s £10m One-Zero Eco House is truly something to behold

Lionel Messi resides in the upmarket Castelldefels region close to Barcelona

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Lionel Messi resides in the upmarket Castelldefels region close to Barcelona

MESSI relaxes after a hard-day training in a stunning location just 12 miles from the iconic Nou Camp – the idyllic Castelldefels.

The complex boasts stunning views out to the Balearic Sea, with Messi, 30, residing in the small, homely Bellamar region within Castelldefels.

A special home for a special player, Messi’s mansion was bought for a staggering £6.2m – built on a 13-square mile plot.

While the house itself is round, when viewed next to the entrance area from above it looks like the number 10, with Messi even calling the home One-Zero Eco House.

The mansion is situated in stunning countryside, in an area that is exclusively for footballers

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Stephen Ireland’s mansion is situated in stunning Cheshire countryside, in an area that is exclusively for footballers

The swimming pool is another major selling point for the stunning Cheshire property

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The swimming pool is another major selling point for the Stephen Ireland’s stunning Cheshire property

After the modifications, it’s now suggested Messi’s phenomenal home is worth around £10m.


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Meanwhile, Stoke players’ homes while more modest are still something to behold.

Fringe-player Stephen Ireland recently put his £4m mansion up for sale, complete with £100,000 fish-tank and even a 5-a-side astro-turf pitch.

Stoke was also famous a few years ago for introducing the “£1 house” – with more than 600 people interested in purchasing the rundown homes, according to the city council.

WAGS

Lionel Messi first met wife Antonella Roccuzzo when they were both 13-years-old

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Lionel Messi first met wife Antonella Roccuzzo when they were both 13-years-old

Antonella Roccuzzo signed a modelling contract in 2016

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Antonella Roccuzzo signed a modelling contract in 2016

Messi married his long-term partner Antonella Roccuzzo last year – with the pair welcoming their first child into the world earlier this year.

In a true love story – and a far cry from the average footballer’s “WAG” tale – Messi and the stunning Roccuzzo, 30, met when they were just 13-years-old.

Since then, they’ve lived a comparatively quiet and private life – at least compared to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Stokes most famous WAG is Peter Crouchs wife Abbey Clancy

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Stoke’s most famous WAG is Peter Crouch’s wife Abbey Clancy

Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch married in 2011 and have three kids

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Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch married in 2011 and have three kids

Roccuzzo initially trained to be a dentist at university but ultimately switched to social communication, before signing a modelling contract with Ricky Sakany in 2016.

On the other hand, Stoke’s WAGs are headlined by Crouch’s wife Abbey Clancy – who welcomed their first son, and third child overall, to the world in January.

The pair met at a mutual friend’s party in 2005 before the footballer and former Britain’s Next Top Model star wed in 2011.

NET WORTH

Lionel Messi has a release fee clause sitting at £625million at Barcelona

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Lionel Messi has a release fee clause sitting at £625million at Barcelona

ACCORDING to Forbes, Messi is worth £57million based on his earnings for the 2017 calendar year, taking into account his wage and endorsement deals.

But in purely footballing terms, Messi is worth £625m… at least, according to Barcelona.

The La Liga giants inserted the sky-high figure in his current deal, purely because Spanish league regulations insist upon every player having a release clause.

Stoke City are said to be worth around £134million, way behind Lionel Messi

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Stoke City are said to be worth around £134million, way behind Lionel Messi

At the time of signing the deal, Barcelona had believed no-one would ever go close to that fee, but after Neymar’s £198m move last summer, they’re starting to worry.

Clubs such as Manchester City have revealed they may consider tripling the world record transfer fee to bring in Messi, despite his advancing years.

Meanwhile, Stoke are estimated to be worth £134m… the entire club – players, stadium, endorsement deals and all.

STADIUM

Barcelona play at the astonishing 100,000-seater Nou Camp stadium

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Barcelona play at the astonishing 100,000-seater Nou Camp stadium

MESSI of course famously plays his home games at Barcelona’s stunning Camp Nou – first opened in 1957.


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The Catalan stadium holds close to 100,000 fans per game – the largest ground in both Spain and Europe.

Stoke City play their football at the 30,000-seater bet365 Stadium

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Stoke City play their football at the 30,000-seater bet365 Stadium

Meanwhile, Stoke play at what is now known as the bet365 Stadium, formerly the Britannia Stadium.

With an attendance of just 30,000 it’s far more modest than the Nou Camp, but much newer too having been constructed in 1997.


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