DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 26: Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Detroit Red Wings grabs his purple taped stick in honor of Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness night before an NHL game against the New York Rangers at Joe Louis Arena on October 26, 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 FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Friday