NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals (C) scores a first period goal against the New York Rangers and is joined by Eric Fehr #16 (L) and Alex Ovechkin #8 (R) at Madison Square Garden on February 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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