2. Cesc Fabregas- Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is one of the closest friends of Lionel Messi. They both played together at Barcelona famous academy La Masia before the Spaniard joined Arsenal. They later linked up again when Cesc ditched the Gunners for Camp Nou. They have been pictured together many times in London with their girlfriends hanging out together.

In 2015 when Fabregas was asked whether he would like to see Messi join him at Stamford Bridge, this is what he said; ‘I wish! Why not? I’d love that to happen. I’d be all for it.

‘As a Barca man, I believe that Messi deserves to retire there for all that he has given the club.

‘He is a legend that has changed Barca’s history. But, as his team-mate and friend, without a doubt, I’d love to have Leo by my side.

‘This season Barca are Messi and 10 others. Messi has saved his team on many occasions.’

1. Dani Alves- PSG/Barcelona

They may not be in the same club anymore, but Lionel Messi has personally admitted that they have a very special friendship with Brazilian fullback Dani Alves. They played together at Barcelona and given they are both from South America, their friendship blossomed.

Messi said:  “I’ve always been close with Dani Alves since we shared the right wing together when I first broke into the Barcelona first-team.”

“We’ve spent many years together, both on and off the field. Day-to-day, we’ve got a very strong relationship, which is also of a great help on the field; it means we understand each other’s games very well.”

Dani Alves now plays his football in French Ligue 1 with Paris giants PSG.

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