Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Four
PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 21: Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Pittsburgh Penguins checks Mike Knuble #22 of the Philadelphia Flyers as they chase the loose puck during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wachovia Center April 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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