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Messi could have played for Real Madrid: Former agent

IANS logoIANS 24-06-2017

Horacio Gaggioli, who lived in Messi's home town of Rosario in Argentina, had set up the budding superstar's trial with the Catalan giants.

"Due to life circumstances, I went to live in Barcelona and I brought him to Barca for a trial. But I was about to live in Madrid," Gaggioli was quoted as saying by ESPNFC on Saturday.

"If that had happened, I would have taken him to Madrid for a trial. That's life, those are the details.

"Today, Messi could have been a Real Madrid player, of course. The family wanted to come to Spain, to the city where I was to have some support," the Argentine added.

Gaggioli told Globoesporte that when he first saw Messi, he was convinced he was not cut out to be a successful footballer as he was too "skinny and small".

"When I saw him at the airport, I thought that boy could not be a footballer, because he was too small and skinny.

"I did not have a good impression. But when I saw him training in the Barca fields, I realised that he was a great player, who could play without a doubt," he said.

Messi has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns with Barcelona. The 30-year-old, who is playing for the Catalan giants since 2004, has scored 349 goals in 382 appearances for the former European champions.

Messi is also a five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

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