Spain manager Luis de la Fuente expressed his hypothetical wish to have Lionel Messi in the national team, considering the Argentine superstar as the ideal addition.
Despite Lionel Messi being 36 years old and playing in MLS, Spain boss Luis de la Fuente believes that, among all available players worldwide, Messi would be the best player he could hypothetically “sign” for Spain.
However, He refrained from labeling Messi as the greatest of all time, opting for Barcelona and Dutch icon Johan Cruyff.
Speaking to Movistar Futbol, De la Fuente answered some quick-fire questions. To ‘who is the best player in history?’, the Spanish boss replied simply: “Johan Cruyff.”
Then asked who he would like to sign for the Spanish national team, he laughed and said: “Leo Messi. Have I been original?”
If Lionel Messi had chosen to play for Spain instead of Argentina, Luis de la Fuente’s wish might have come true. Messi was eligible to play for Spain due to his great grandfather, who was born in Balaguer, Catalonia. The prospect of Messi joining the great Spanish sides of the late 2000s raises the imagination of how dominant they could have been with him in their lineup.
Lionel Messi won’t be joining La Roja, much to Luis de la Fuente’s disappointment. Messi is set to return to footballing action on February 1, facing Al-Nassr in a friendly. This match could potentially be one of the final occasions where two of the greatest players in the game, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, face off against each other.