Messi Could’ve Played for Madrid not Barca – Gaggioli
Messi could’ve played for Real Madrid instead of Barcelona – Gaggioli
If Horacio Gaggioli had not moved to Barcelona, Lionel Messi could have been playing for bitter rivals and La Liga champions Real Madrid, rather than putting together one of the best careers of all time with the Blaugrana.
Barca’s all-time leading goalscorer Messi arrived at Camp Nou as a 13-year-old from Rosario, thanks to the help of fellow Argentinian and agent Gaggioli.
However, Messi – celebrating his 30th birthday on Saturday – could have signed for Madrid as a teenager if Gaggioli had moved to the Spanish capital instead.
“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 told Globoesporte .
“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.”