Messi to Espanyol

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Lionel Messi was close to joining Espanyol back in 2005. The current Spurs manager was a senior player at Espanyol at the time of the proposed loan move. Barcelona considered loaning Messi out after having filled their three-man quota of foreign players with Rafa Márquez, Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o. Of course they decided to keep him and the rest is history.

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