Peter Crouch reveals unconventional way he’d stop Lionel Messi and Barcelona

Lionel Messi might be widely considered the best player in the world.

He’s unstoppable, capable of tearing teams a part, and he can score goals for fun – just ask Tottenham who played host to him the other week in the Champions League.

But the one and only Peter Crouch reckons there is a way of stopping him, and better yet, he believes the Tony Pulis era Stoke City could have got the better of him and the Catalan giants.

Discussing Messi and Barcelona on his That Peter Crouch Podcast, he said: "I’d have 11 men behind the ball at every opportunity.

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"There’d be absolutely no gaps for them to play in, and then when we get set-pieces we’d take our time over them, and everyone’s going forward. We’d be making it as difficult as possible for them.

"I’m looking at some teams in La Liga and they’re playing expansive football and there are holes everywhere.

"But I think if you make it as difficult as possible for Barca, you stop them playing. Yeah, I’d be nasty at times, but how else are you going to beat them?

"I wouldn’t necessarily man-mark Messi, but I might give him a kick or two. If you are going to let the best player in the world dictate the game then you’re going to lose."

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