Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he came close to signing Barcelona star Lionel Messi as a teenager. Despite all of their efforts, Arsenal boss Wenger - who also scouted the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Didier Drogba when they were raw talents - believes the player just felt settled in Spain rather than take a chance on a switch to England.
"I think in the end, he was not so keen to move, because it was at a period where Fabregas came, and Fabregas and Messi played together in the same team (at Barcelona Academy). We wanted to take Fabregas, Messi and Pique. It worked only for Fabregas," said Wenger.
"It was not completely down to a flat in the end. It was down to the fact that, in the end, Messi was comfortable at Barcelona."
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