“Jan told me that he was slightly friendlier with Rijkaard’s assistant, Henk ten Cate, and our scouts had already been aware of Leo Messi’s growing reputation at youth level.

The Bayern coach took it in good humour and noted that "It would've been good to have Messi here."

It was at the Benito Villamarín in December 2012 that the Argentinian scored his 86th goal in a calendar year to beat Gerd Müller’s 30 year old record