Argentinian forward, Sergio Aguero has recalled his first meeting with fellow compatriot, Lionel Messi. Speaking to, the Manchester City forward said, “We were having lunch with the national U-20 team. Lionel was sitting next to me. All my team-mates were talking about the boots he’d brought from the USA, and I just couldn’t work out how he’d got hold of them. Who was this kid? I asked him his name and he said: ‘Lionel, Lionel Messi,’ but I had no idea who he was.

He continued, “I was just trying to work out how he’d managed to get those boots. Then one of my team-mates said to me: ‘You don’t know who he is? It’s Messi, the kid from Barcelona’. That’s when I realised who he was. I tell you one thing, though: he knew who I was!”

Messi has been nominated for the Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016 alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann. Tipping his friend to scoop the gong, Aguero said, “He’s ahead of the rest, including the other nominees… And I’m not just saying that because he’s my friend. I train with him and I see it with my own eyes. He does things I don’t see anyone else doing. He’s the best there is.”