Lionel Messi was tempted to go to Arsenal back in 2003, said the Barcelona star’s former agent, Fabian Soldini.
He said the Gunners were interested in signing the Argentine super star when luring Cesc Fabregas away from Catalunya.
Fabregas went on to spend eight years with the Gunners, becoming the club’s captain along the way, before returning to his roots at Barca in 2011.
He was reunited with Messi when making that move, with the subsequent six-time Ballon d’Or winner having opted to stay put.
There was, however, a moment when a switch to England was considered, with Soldini revealing that the his r of top talents during his iconic 22-year reign with the Gunners, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic also slipping his net.
Messi was, however, never a realistic option as Barcelona had invested plenty of funds and faith in the South American by the time Premier League suitors came onto the scene.
Arsenal’s former head of global recruitment, Francis Cagigao, told Goal recently that, “We had identified Messi and we wouldn’t have been the only ones”.
“I remember there were a couple of Italian clubs and obviously Spanish clubs who were very aware of Messi.”