The ex-Real Madrid manager guided the Spanish to their first-ever World Cup triumph in South Africa back in 2010, as well as the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.
And it turns out there might’ve been a slim chance of Messi – who terrorised Liverpool in Barcelona’s first-leg of the Champions League semi-finals last night – could’ve been a part of La Roja’s famous conquests.
As a dual Argentine-Spanish national, Messi was eligible to play for the national team of both countries and Del Bosque claims the Spanish federation attempted to prise Messi away from their South American rivals before his senior Argentina debut, saying via AS: “The Federation made every effort to get Messi to play for Spain.
“Lionel refused because he loves his country. His arrival would have been for the best.
“Messi is Messi – there is only one. It would have been a dream to coach him.”
Messi as part of Spain’s 2010 World Cup-winning squad?
Just imagine that for a few seconds and consider how formidable that would’ve made an already legendary Spain team.
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