Messi was ‘tempted’ by Arsenal
Lionel Messi was tempted to join Arsenal back in 2003, according to his former agent Fabian Soldini.
The Barcelona legend – and one of the greatest footballers of all time – was targetted by Arsene Wenger alongside Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas following a scouting mission nearly 20 years ago.
The Gunner, of course, landed Fabregas while Pique joined Manchester United.
But Messi was the one that got away, staying with Barcelona to become their greatest ever player.
“He was tempted to go to Arsenal, but he didn’t go,” Soldini told Spanish publication Marca.
“I remember the day that Cesc asked to leave [Barcelona]. Messi was also asked to go, but he didn’t want to leave.”