Sergio Aguero once revealed that he didn’t know who Lionel Messi was until he ate a meal sat next to him during their youth days.
Football legends come and go but there are few icons of the game, individuals who embody everything which is positive and impressive about football, just through association with their very name.
The year was 2005, as one of Argentina’s youth teams got together for a team meal, a young Sergio Aguero sat down next to Lionel Messi before promptly asking him who on earth he was.
Granted Messi was playing predominantly in the B team at Barcelona in 2005 but it’s the context of his career and how it’s panned out, which makes this story amazing.
Messi was drafted into the first team at Barcelona long before he even hit 20 and Aguero was just about to make his high profile move to Atletico Madrid, which is where he’s made his name in the game.
The thing which makes the story all the more amusing is Messi’s recollection of the reaction from his teammates in the youth team, who apparently found it quite funny and thought Aguero was joking.
Even back then, it’s clear that Messi was always seen as a very special player and someone who was always going to have a very big career in the game.
He may not have expected his career to have hit the heights and the magnitude that it has done, but he had something, that special something which is why Barcelona always invest in players at such young ages.
They certainly know all about each other now as they form one of the most lethal attacking partnerships of any nation in global football.
Watch Messi’s interview below;
What’s your best obscure story about the game’s stars?
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