Anzhi player-coach Roberto Carlos admits they discussed trying for Barcelona star Lionel Messi last summer.

The Brazilian revealed the mega spending Russians do dream of signing the Argie ace.

"Suleyman Kerimov put three names on the table: Neymar (Santos), Messi (Barcelona) and Samuel Eto'o was also mentioned," said Roberto Carlos.

"The three contracts were in force, but Eto'o thought and rethought. As time passed, Samuel called me. I explained the structure of the club, what he would do and how he would feel more important at Anzhi than he did at Inter Milan.

"Of the three options, he was the first to sign. Expect more signings ..."