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ESPN - OTL: Lionel Messi, Here & Gone - E-ticket
"When Messi is home, we're told, he likes to play soccer, both in backyards and on video games.

"Is Messi always Messi?" I asked.

"He is always Barcelona," Leguizamon said, smiling, "and he makes himself the captain.""

"His coaches and teammates didn't understand the aloof Messi, who once went to a team-building barbecue and never said a word, not even to ask for meat. The people from Argentina thought he was Spanish, and in the cafes and pool halls, they wondered why he always won championships for Barcelona but never for his own country. They raged when he didn't sing the national anthem before games. In Barcelona, Messi inspired the same reaction. People noticed he didn't speak Catalan and protected his Rosarino accent. He bought meat from an Argentine butcher and ate in Argentine restaurants. "Barcelona is not his place in the world,"…Aitor Lagunas wrote… "It's a kind of a laboral emigrant with an undisguised homesick feeling."

In many ways, he is a man without a country."
2012  spain  españa  barcelona  argentina  messi  lionelmessi 
october 2012 by robertogreco
Lionel Messi - Boy Genius - NYTimes.com
"He is 23, with a grown-up’s income reported to exceed $43 million this year. Yet Messi still has a boy’s floppy bangs, a boy’s slight build and a boy’s nickname, the Flea. Even the ball stays on his feet like a shy child clinging to his father’s legs.

It is a boy’s fearlessness, enthusiasm, calm and humility, too, that help explain why Messi is already considered one of the greatest ever to play the world’s game."
lionelmessi  messi  2011  barcelona  argentina  football  futbol  soccer  sports 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Nou sensation [Lionel Messi] | News | Guardian Unlimited Football
"Fabio Capello called him il diavolo, Italian for 'the devil'. In Argentina he is la pulga, Spanish for 'the flea'. His Cameroonian team-mate Samuel Eto'o says that seeing him play is like watching dibujos animados, Spanish for 'animated pictures', best t
football  argentina  lionelmessi  via:cityofsound  barcelona  barça  messi  sports 
february 2008 by robertogreco

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