Although he has so far spent his entire career at Spanish giants FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi was once heavily linked with Manchester United, and even addressed the rumours at the time. Here is what the Argentine said.
For more than a decade, Messi has proudly represented the Catalan club with flying colours, going from strength to strength in becoming one of football's greatest and most iconic players.
There have been times, however, when teams have attempted to pry him away from the Blaugrana, but all attempts have been unsuccessful to date.
United were one of those clubs chasing his signature years ago, before he was the world-renown superstar he is today, but the then-20-year-old did not budge.
"I'm happy in Barcelona. Why wouldn't I be? I've realised my dream. It's the best club in the world with the best players," he told FourFourTwo in 2008.
"My family are happy here; they like it."
In the same interview, Messi was also asked about then-Argentina teammate Carlos Tevez, who was plying his trade for the English giants at the time.
"I know he likes it there. I'm not surprised he's done well," he said.
"I'd pay to watch him play. He's so skilful, a fighter full of energy. Him and Rooney playing together – two bulls!
"Imagine if (Javier) Saviola played with them. Three bulls!"
Messi has played against United six times in his career, scoring four goals, including two in two different UEFA Champions League finals.
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