Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has revealed he could have signed Barcelona's Lionel Messi when he was just 14, but rejected the proposal when he was in charge of Como.
Messi's sublime performance for Barcelona against Arsenal in the Champions League has left Preziosi to rue his decision not to sign him as a teenager.
"When I was president of Como we had Messi on trial. He was 15 and we rejected him," he told Sky Sport Italia.
"We had been following him when he was 14 and he was already a phenonmenon at the time.
"But we didn't sign him because of certain things that were going on at Como at the time.
"Sometimes you make certain errors, which is what happens."
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