Manchester City defender John Stones insists he is ‘not scared’ of coming up against Lionel Messi


John Stones, 22, has never before been given the task of stopping the superstar Lionel Messi, who marked his return from a groin injury by scoring in Barcelona’s 4-0 rout over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

Despite the huge ask of trying to keep the five-time Ballon d’Or winner quiet, Stones is calm heading into the clash at the Camp Nou.


In an interview with Sport360 , the centre-back said: “It will be great to come face-to-face with them. It doesn’t scare me, no. I think you have to play against the best to see how you can deal with it and it always brings the best out in you as well. I see it as an exciting challenge and one I’m looking forward to – if I’m picked to play of course.

“For me, Messi’s the best player in the world, easily. He’s one of a kind. I think we, as footballers, appreciate it even more when you come up against him and see what he can really do.”

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