DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 22: Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings sits next to Executive Vice President & General Manager Ken Holland as he announces his retirement before the NHL home opening game against the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena on January 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via 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