Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Seven
WASHINGTON - MAY 13: Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is checked by David Steckel #39 of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/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