SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 14: Scott Nichol #21 and Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the San Jose Sharks defend against Byron Bitz #61 of the Boston Bruins during an NHL game at the HP Pavilion on January 14, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
It was a big dream. [Messi] is probably the best athlete out there, so it's a big honor, for [Kuznetzov] as well. It's maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the best player in soccer right now. I'm a big Barcelona fan and Messi fan, so it's huge. You can take [Michael] Jordan, [Mark] Messier, [Wayne] Gretzky, those kinds of [people]. It's an honor to meet. It's nice to be in that position.
— Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin told told Monumental Network after meeting soccer star Lionel Messi prior to Argentina's practice at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md. on Friday