Capello once wanted to sign Messi for Juventus

Lionel Messi could have been part of the Juventus squad, at least for a season back in 2005 when Fabio Capello was keen on taking the player on loan from Barcelona.

The Argentinian superstar is leaving his boyhood club after the Catalan failed to register his contract following ‘financial and structural obstacles’.

Messi’s future is still uncertain, although PSG and Manchester City are reportedly ahead in the race for the player who almost joins Juve back in 2005.

During the annual Joan Gamper trophy that year, the Bianconeri’s coach at that time, Fabio Capello, was impressed with the Argentinian, who was still 18.

“I think I’ve never seen a player with so much quality for the age he has,” said Capello during a press conference in 2005.

“He has personality, pace, everything. it was a pleasure to watch him.”

During the game, he even asked Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard if the Catalans were open to letting Messi leave on loan, but the Barcelona coach at the time rejected Capello’s approach.

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