Lionel Messi covers PAPER Magazine’s first-ever sports-centric issue which is in partnership with adidas.
Messi poses on the cover of the magazine with a goat which represents his legendary status i.e Greatest Of All Times G.O.A.T
The cover story runs through Messi’s brief, yet successful, career on the pitch. From humble beginnings at La Masia — “He was extremely short,” Messi’s teammate Gerard Piqué notes — to his jaw-dropping run in 2009, which saw Barcelona nabbing all six possible titles it could have earned in one single year.
The Argentine also touched on a host of different topics, from his favored tea to his take on his own Argentinian national team
“We still have to make ourselves stronger as a team to be in the running to win and be at the same level as other teams like France, Germany, Brazil or Spain,” Messi notes.
“But we have a good group of players and the Argentine team is always going to be a candidate to win, it doesn’t matter how we get there.”
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