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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his former club tried to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona. After the successful acquisition and showing of Cesc Fabregas, the Gunners tried to sign Messi.
Wenger revealed that Arsenal did try to bring the Argentine during the early days of his career at Barcelona. However, a move for Messi was never close.
“We tried, we were not near to signing Messi,” Wenger said on beIN Sports. “But we tried to sign Pique, Fabregas and Messi, of course, we already tried but he was already too big at the time.
“Don’t forget in 2006 when we played the Champions League final against Barcelona, Messi couldn’t play because he was injured…so that’s 13 years ago and he was already a regular player in the first team. What this guy has done is unbelievable.”
Wenger has previously discussed Arsenal’s interest in Cristiano Ronaldo
“That’s real fantasy football,” he said when asked of the possibility of Messi and Ronaldo playing alongside one another at Arsenal. “I would have loved to. I had big personalities in my life, very big personalities. If you can give them what they want they are happy.”