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​Man City defender Stones admits Messi will be a challenge

Manchester City central defender John Stones is relishing the prospect of coming up against Lionel Messi when Manchester City face Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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

"I'll be looking forward to that challenge. But it's not just him, it's everyone in that team. I think Luis Suarez has taken his game to another level since he was at Liverpool."

"Watching Barcelona as a kid, they're a massive team, with top players, a great stadium, and it will be big occasion for me, my family and the club.

"It was Messi himself and the style they play that I liked. Obviously, the gaffer [Pep Guardiola] used to work there and I was a big fan when he was there and the players he had."

Ian Ferris
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