The Barcelona striker has won the Ballon d’Or five times in his career, as well as just about every club trophy possible to win, but it turns out the Argentine’s career could have taken a very different path.
Back in the year 2004, Messi was just 17-years-old and a relative nobody in the football world, but he was one of Football Manager’s most promising young stars in the virtual world.
Alex McLeish was in charge of Rangers at the time, and, as game creator Miles Jacobson explains via the Mirror, his son Jon was an avid Football Manager player, and constantly bugged his father to snap Messi up:
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Can you imagine if McLeish had pulled this off?
The anecdote underlines how sophisticated Football Manager was even back then.
To be fair, the only thing missing from Messi’s achievements is a Scottish Premiership winner’s medal, so he’ll obviously be gutted when he hears the news.
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