Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, was “tempted” by the prospect of becoming a member of Arsenal when his shut buddy, Cesc Fabregas, agreed to maneuver to the North London membership in 2013.
This declare was made by Messi’s former agent, Fabian Soldini.
Messi, Fabregas and Gerard Pique had been a part of a particular technology of expertise coming by Barcelona’s La Masia academy.
Former Arsenal supervisor, Arsene Wenger, had recognized Messi, Fabregas and Pique as potential signings for the Gunners.
Fabregas joined Arsenal in July 2003, whereas Pique moved to Man United a yr later.
Nonetheless, Messi determined to remain at Camp Nou and make his debut as a 17-year-old in October 2004.
“[Messi] was tempted to go to Arsenal, however he didn’t go,” Soldini advised Marca.
“I bear in mind the day that Cesc requested to go away [Barcelona]. Messi was additionally requested to go, however he didn’t need to go away.”
Messi has scored 634 objectives in 731 appearances for Barcelona.