Juve tried to sign Messi when he was 17
At 17 years old, Messi was running around the pitches of La Masia. He was shaping himself, a footballer who would end up conquering the world, all the records in the world. At the same time, Juventus wanted to sign him on the orders of Fabio Capello. He told it in an interview with 'Marca'.
"Messi's a genius. For me, the best of all, at the level of Pélé, Di Stefano, and Maradona. Barcelona is Messi. We'll see what happens when he retires. By the way, I wanted to sign him at 17 for Juventus", the ex-Real Madrid manager said when he was asked about his eternal rival.
Curiously, in the latest reports from Italy, the possibility of Inter signing the Barca captain for a record figure is being spoken about. He would even earn more money than Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Whatever Capello's desire was to sign Messi, he didn't and the rest is history. From when he was 17 until today, when he is 33, there have been La Ligas, Champions Leagues, Super Cups, World Cups, Copa del Reys... and he has always been the protagonist.