NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 15: Jeff Vanderbeek, co-owner and managing partner of the New Jersey Devils, poses with a fan at Newark Penn Station on his way to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils on April 15, 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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