(via Ronaldo.com)

Lionel Messi is widely considered as the greatest footballer of all time, so it’s not a surprise that every time he steps on the pitch, every single rival wants to swap shirts with him. This happens a lot whenever Messi plays, but the Argentinian forward recently revealed the one time he asked a rival to swap shirts and not the other way around.

According to the Mirror via TyC Sports, Messi has surprisingly revealed that Real Madrid legend and current boss Zinedine Zidane is the only player he’s ever asked to swap shirts with. The Barcelona superstar revealed that he asked the Frenchman for his shirt after one of the early El Clasico games in his career.

Some Barcelona fans would be shocked to know this, as Messi clearly has a big admiration for Zizou if he’s the only player he’s ever asked to fulfill this gesture. He’s been playing at the highest level for 15 years, so you have to imagine the number of elite players he played against during his career.

“I don’t ask for shirts, I usually swap them, but I asked Zidane once,” Lio said.

“If there is an Argentine I swap it with him, but, unless someone asks me, I’m not asking anyone.”

You know what they say, real recognize real and these words are a big sample of that. Zidane is one of the most talented players in the history of the game, so no wonder why Messi made this request to him.