MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 15: Mathias and his father Yanick Gadbois of Sherbrooke, Quebec take in the warmup period prior to the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre on March 15, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/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