WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 27: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals warms up before an NHL hockey game between the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on January 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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