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Tonight at the Etihad stadium, the opportunity arises again in the latest of 13 seasons of tormenting and terrorising defences in Spain and across the continent.

Pep Guardiola, his former mentor who is now an opponent, ranks the diminutive Argentine as ‘almost unplayable’ – he certainly proved as much in the reverse fixture, a 4-0 win for Barcelona when City visited a fortnight ago. Pep said there is only one MESSI while his counterpart Enrique echoed the same thing by saying that even if Messi is played at number 6, 8 or 10 that the result will be the same.

Messi has scored four goals in his last five matches on English soil, including one at the Etihad Stadium – which hosts him Tonight. Before that he had not scored in seven in England, but the 29-year-old almost always leaves a mark.

His first appearance in England came in February 2006, away at Chelsea, where his incredible ball control led to the turning of the game when Asier del Horno’s rash challenge earned a red card.

Messi have scored an impressive 89 champions league goals. You are assured that whether Messi scores tonight or not, the city defence will be on their toes.