Former Manchester city player Robinho has revealed that owner Sheikh Mansour told him he was going to sign Lionel Messi.
Mansour’s reign over City which started in 2008 has yielded two league titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup so far, while they remain unbeaten this season.
“I spoke a few times with the owner Sheikh Mansour. He told me he was going to go big to get Kaka and Lionel Messi. Kaka was close. But Messi… I think Messi was beyond them. But I believed in the project,” he told the Mail.
“The Sheikh had the ambition to create the best team in the world and now look at them. They have the best manager in the world in
Pep Guardiola and can go toe-to-toe with anyone.”
Messi has been regularly linked to the Ethiad but the five time ballon d’Or winner would most likely end his career at Barcelona.