Messi loved playing with Arsenal ace Cesc in Barcelona youth team

Lionel Messi admits he loved playing with Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas in the Barcelona youth team. Messi, Cesc and Gerard Pique all played in the same junior team at Barca.

Lionel Messi admits he loved playing with Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas in the Barcelona youth team.

Messi, Cesc and Gerard Pique all played in the same junior team at Barca.

"When we were in the Barca youth team, Cesc could spot a pass on the pitch no-one else could," Messi told BBC Sport's 'Match of the Day' magazine.

"He’s still like that – his killer passes can split any defence."

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