#1. Lionel Messi – Arsenal
The ultimate What If? In 2003 Arsenal sent scouts to Barcelona’s academy, La Masia, and returned with a list of three names. They were Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique, and Lionel Messi. Fabregas joined Arsenal that year whereas Pique elected to go to Manchester United but it was Lionel Messi who has since far outshone the others. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was reportedly close to joining the club but it’s claimed that Arsenal refused to provide accommodation for the player’s family. Arsene Wenger disagrees and says that the player was comfortable in Spain at that time. Regardless, just imagine if Arsenal had signed both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same transfer window.