- Lionel Messi was on the verge of joining Premier League side Arsenal in 2003
- The Argentine wanted to follow close friend Cesc Fabregas to North London
- Messi's former agent Soldini made this latest revelation about the Argentine
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Lionel Messi's former agent Fabian Soldini has claimed that the Argentine football star was tempted to join Premier League side Arsenal in 2003 from Barcelona.
During that time, Lionel Messi was still at the Barcelona's academy alongside former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
Former Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger signed Cesc Fabregas then and the report was that the Frenchman also wanted to sign Lionel Messi.
Fabregas went on to spend eight years with the Gunners becoming club captain along the way, before returning to his roots at Barcelona in 2011.
According to the report on GOAL, Soldini claimed that Lionel Messi could have followed his pal Cesc Fabregas to the Premier League.
“Messi was tempted to go to Arsenal, but he didn't go.
“I remember the day that Cesc asked to leave. Messi was also asked to go, but he didn't want to leave,'' Soldini told Marca according to the report on GOAL.
And since he decided to stay at Barcelona, Lionel Messi has won six Ballon d'Or awards at the Nou Camp making him the highest winner so far.
He was linked with a move away from the Camp Nou at the end of the 2019/20 season with Manchester City named as the destination, but Lionel Messi eventually stayed.
Lionel Messi, Barcelona star, reportedly tempted to join Arsnal in 2003 (photo: Getty)
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi reportedly won legal battle with Spanish cycling brand Massi and the Barcelona legend is now free to trademark his surname following the latest development.
Cycling brand Massi took the Argentine to court that trademarking his surname would affect their own business and may make them to lose their customers.
The Barcelona captain first tried to trademark his surname in the year 2011, but he was unable to get the breakthrough due to legal battle.
Owners of the Cycling brand Massi tendered in court that what Lionel Messi wanted to do would bring confusion to customers.
Massi was initially successful in challenging the application after a complaint was upheld in 2013, but they lost in a ruling at the EU's General Court two years ago.
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