Former Barcelona Star Says “Cold Nights In Stoke Are Beautiful”


A former Barcelona star has given his opinion on the cliched “Wet and windy Tuesday night in Stoke” declaring that such nights are “beautiful and special.”

By 2007, Bojan Krkic was the talk of the footballing world. On September 16th he became the youngest player to feature in a La Liga match for Barcelona. Beating a record set by a certain Lionel Messi. Come the end of October he was also the youngest player to ever score for the club, and the youngest player to wear Barca colours in the Champions League.

These milestones came off the back of a junior career in La Masia spent scoring a ridiculous amount of goals surpassing Messi along the way.

However, by the start of the 2014 season, Bojan found himself signing for unfashionable Stoke City, after a nomadic spell which had taken in Barcelona, AC Milan, Roma and Ajax. Not that his perceived fall from grace dampened his enthusiasm for playing in England.

Speaking to Sport Bible, Bojan said that it was his dream to play in the Premier League, reserving special praise for then Stoke boss Mark Hughes for always believing in him.

“If I’m honest with you, it was the Premier League that was the initial attraction,” he says. “I went there without knowing the style of Stoke, without knowing much, to be honest, but it was a dream to play in England.”

“He [Hughes] was important because firstly, he decided to sign me but most importantly he believed in me.

“He not only gave me that opportunity to play in the Premier League but he trusted me to be one of the key players in the team. Even after I had my injuries, I was still playing a lot of games. He gave me that chance.”

The former Barcelona star spoke highly of his time in the Potteries, commenting that he thought he played the best football of his career for the club. He was even a fan of those often sneered cold nights in Stoke, describing them as “beautiful, just beautiful and so special.”

“It was one of the biggest decisions of my career and I was proud to play for them. I’ve played at big clubs and smaller clubs but after Barcelona, I can say my second home is Stoke. It was where I was most happy.

“I believe that I played my best level of football there. The fans are incredible and even now, they send me messages. They will forever be in my heart.”

“I’m still a Stoke fan. I will always be a Stoke fan because they deserve it, They showed me all the love. I will always be grateful.”

After loan spells with Mainz and Alaves, Bojan eventually left Stoke by mutual consent heading stateside to join Montreal Impact. Two seasons and seven goals later, the one-time wonderkid moved to Japanese side Vissel Kobe, linking up with former Barcelona team mate Andreas Iniesta.