Real Madrid president Florentino Perez revealed he would have tried to sign Lionel Messi as one of his Galacticos had he been a star in the early 2000s.
In his first stint at the helm of the La Liga giants, Perez helped Madrid sign the likes of Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Ronaldo and Luis Figo.
Goal report that, The 70-year-old, who first took over as president in 2000, said Messi – who arrived at Barcelona in 2001, coming through the club’s youth academy to develop into one of the greatest players of all time – may have been one of those signings, if he had been at his current level then.
“If there had been a Messi in my first stage [as president], I would have gone after him,” Perez told Cadena SER .
“He is a type of player like Zidane.”
However, Perez said there was no chance of signing Messi now with his ties to Barcelona.
90min disiclosed that Real Madrid have apparently tried to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi on three occasions during his stunning career, and the reasons why they failed to do so have now come to light.
Messi is arguably the greatest footballer to have ever graced the pitch, with many placing him ahead of the likes of Diego Maradona, Pele and rival of the present, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The diminutive star has been a Barcelona player most of his life and joined the club at the tender age of 13 after moving to Spain from his homeland of Argentina.
El Confidencial, he claims Madrid first tried to prise Messi away from Barca whilst he was at their La Masia academy, but president Florentino Perez instead sanctioned deals for seasoned superstars Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo.
Spanish journalist Javier Gomez Matallanas,said Messi and Barcelona have been a match made in heaven, his career might have panned out completely differently.