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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
Joe Posnanski » Blog Archive » The Genius of Messi
"I measure soccer against the sports I have grown up loving, and it seems to me that that soccer — a bit like baseball — is defined by failure. Most corner kicks don’t find a teammate’s head. Most crosses into the box are too long or too short or turned away. Most shots are not aimed for the upper right-hand corner. Most runs end up being stuffed a long way from the goal. Most goals are the result of a staggering blunder — either by the defenders or the goalkeeper or the linesman who missed offside or awarded a shaky penalty kick or gave a free kick in a dangerous place. One somewhat cynical soccer commentator told me that what I need to understand is that every single goal, even the most brilliant of them, is the result of an error somewhere along the way. I suppose there are pitching coaches who would say the same thing about home runs."

[via: http://kottke.org/10/06/the-genius-of-messi ]
football  soccer  sports  messi  via:kottke  failure  beauty  comparison  futbol 
june 2010 by robertogreco
BBC SPORT | Football | Maradona, Mascherano and philosophy
"Sometimes nicknamed the Philosopher of Football, Argentine legend Jorge Valdano is probably best known for scoring the South American nation's second goal in their 3-2 win over West Germany in the 1986 World Cup final in Mexico. Here Valdano gives BBC Sport his views on Diego Maradona, who is taking over as Argentina coach, and his two compatriots Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez and Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano."
argentina  football  maradona  jorgevaldano  via:cityofsound  tevez  mascherano  messi  borges  genius  literature  sergioaguero  sports 
november 2008 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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