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I attempted to bring Messi to Juventus - Capello

Wed 02 October 2019 | 16:59

"I went closer to Rijkaard following 15-20 minutes and asked him: 'Listen, would you be able to loan him to me for a single year? 'He was 16, he came in and sent everybody into joys. It didn't take Fabio Capello to comprehend that he was a superstar.

Previous AC Milan, Roma and Juventus director Fabio Capello has uncovered that he attempted to sign Lionel Messi during his time at Turin.

Capello joined Juventus as the club's director in the summer of 2004 and left the bianconeri in the late spring of 2006 to join Real Madrid, where he spent just one season.

In an interview that Capello gave to Sky Sports as of late, he discussed his first introduction to Lionel Messi during his initial days in Barcelona.

He stated: ​"There are classifications and he, Maradona and Pele fall into that of superstars, the individuals who develop things that others can't consider. They are not built, there have it in their DNA. I met Messi at the Gamper Trophy, we played Juve-Barcelona. There were 90,000 visitors and he was 16. 

The Bianconeri came up against the Blaugrana in a pre-season friendly back in 2005, with the then-teenager allegedly proving such a handful that the former England manager enquired about him mid-game.

"I went closer to Rijkaard following 15-20 minutes and asked him: 'Listen, would you be able to loan him to me for a single year? 'He was 16, he came in and sent everybody into joys. It didn't take Fabio Capello to comprehend that he was a superstar. 

"What did Rijkaard say to me? I realized that they previously had three foreigners and could not put the fourth foreigner on the rundown and he said 'don't stress, there are no issues we will by one way or another figure out how to play him'. The Catalans likewise had their interests. after all that Messi was amazing ".

Messi is widely considered one of the best players of all time.


source: SportMob