For the majority of Leo Messi's 22 years on this mortal coil, Oasis have been peddling their fine combination of Beatles homages and brotherly hatred across the world. Yet the young Argentine had somehow managed to evade their entire back catalogue right up until this World Cup campaign, when teammate and Manchester resident Carlos Tevez introduced him to his favourite band. Now, the Barcelona star is hooked:
"Ever since he has been playing in Manchester, Carlitos has told me how great Oasis was. I kept promising I would listen to them, but I never got round to it.
"On the plane on the way to the World Cup, Carlitos made me listen to their first two albums. I have to say I wasn't expecting much but it is some of the best material I have ever heard. They are absolutely amazing.
"Their songs are incredible. I would have to say Supersonic and Live Forever are my favourites. I have been listening to their stuff on my iPod dock in the hotel room, on the way to the matches and in the dressing room. I can't believe it's taken me all this time to finally listen to them.
"I've been watching their live performances on YouTube and they look like they'd be amazing to see in concert. I asked Carlitos if we could go and see them in Manchester or London in concert, but he told me they have split up."
Alas, the tumultuous beat combo split for good last year, when Noel Gallagher grew tired of his brother Liam's thoroughly abhorrent personality. Yet the fact that Oasis have ceased to function doesn't appear to be an obstacle for FIFA World Player of the Year and his teammates, who have vowed to get them back together – at any cost – if the Albiceleste win the World Cup:
"We have agreed that if we win the World Cup we want to fly them over to Argentina for our celebration party.
"We just need them to name their price."
Without the touring revenue upon which they have always relied to support their lifestyles, the Gallaghers could be sorely tempted to heal their differences (and forget the intrinsic dislike for Argentinians that most Brits possess) for a big fat suitcase full of Pesos.
Diego Maradona also could be willing to offer up some of his own money, as he is also a fan of the band. In a TV interview last Friday evening, Noel Gallagher revealed that his band were on a South American tour in 1997, when they found out that Maradona was holding a party in their hotel. An aide came to them and said, "Maradona will see the brothers now," at which point they were whisked up to a penthouse suite. The Gallaghers were introduced to the legendary footballer, who simply put his hand out and said: "Would you like to kiss the Hand of God?"