Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is widely regarded as the best footballer of his generation but he could have been playing for Premier League giants Arsenal if former manager Arsene Wenger had his way.
The ex-Arsenal boss confirmed that an inquiry was made for Lionel Messi in 2003 just before the start of a phenomenal career at Barcelona.
Wenger and Arsenal asked about Messi shortly after the negotiation for Cesc Fabregas who joined the Gunners as a 16-year-old in 2003.
Cesc Fabregas, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique were all in the famed La Masia Academy at Barcelona.
Messi was regarded as untouchable by Barcelona as he went on to make his debut in 2004.
Fabregas and Pique moved from Barcelona to Arsenal and Manchester United respectively.
Cesc Fabregas was an Arsenal player until the summer of 2011 when he returned to the Nou Camp.
Arsene Wenger talked about Lionel Messi and how he tried to sign him as the Arsenal manager in an interview monitored by Fox Sports.
The Frenchman was the Arsenal manager for 22 years until last summer when he resigned from the job.
He was replaced by Spanish tactician Unai Emery who led Arsenal to fifth position in the Premier League last season.