Time Drops Lionel Messi For U.S. Cover
Lionel Messi, three-time FIFA player of the year, is on the cover of this week’s Time, but only if you buy it in Europe, Asia or the South Pacific. The U.S. cover is actually devoted to “The Power of Shyness.”
Messi, whose FC Barcelona team played to a 2-2 tie against Real Madrid on Wednesday, was interviewed by Time’s Bobby Ghosh in Barcelona. Messi is the “shining star of my favorite team,”
Time has excerpts of the Messi interview online. Here’s a sample:
“I never thought that. I always thought I wanted to play professionally, and I always knew that to do that I’d have to make a lot of sacrifices. I made sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. I changed my friends, my people. Everything. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream. That’s why I didn’t go out partying, or a lot of other things.”
Funny that Messi is arguably one of the most popular and influential athletes on the planet, but is largely ignored in the U.S. except for those who embrace the beautiful game.