MONTREAL- SEPTEMBER 24: Patrice Brisebois of the Montreal Canadiens speaks to the media to announce his retirement from professional hockey prior to the NHL Preseason game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on September 24, 2009 at the Bell Centre 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