Lionel Messi Rumors

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Lionel Messi: Soccer will be the main focus while I’m in the Bay Area, naturally, but part of me is also hoping to meet Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Seeing him play is magical. Everyone loves what he does: basketball fans, teammates, rivals. Our small sizes, and even our playing styles, are similar. In December he sent me his signed Warriors jersey. I sent back my signed shirt in April to return the favor.
Lionel Messi: If you watch Curry play—or, just as revealing, warm up before the game—you notice his relationship with the ball. It’s like his body and mind are always on the same wavelength with el balón . I try to have that connection in my sport too. As a child I always had a ball on me, from the time I woke up to the moment I went to bed. More than once I slept with my ball. In those days kids could go out on the streets in Rosario and be safe playing soccer even if they came back late at night. Unfortunately times have changed, and you don’t see that much any more due to the crime, not only in Argentina but also in the rest of South America. Those ­moments with my friends and the ball—just us, no coaches—are beautiful memories for me.
Stephen Curry might be sidelined for the start of the second round of the playoffs, but the Golden State Warriors guard is still putting up big numbers — at least on social media. Recently, he surpassed 10 million followers on Instagram, and to commemorate the milestone, he was given a signed jersey from Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi, who wears the famed No. 10 for his country and for Barcelona.
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Is Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry the Lionel Messi of the NBA or is the Barcelona superstar the Curry of football? That question was posed to Curry during an NBA international teleconference on Thursday and, perhaps surprisingly, Curry proved to be a major fan of the Argentine left-footer although he didn’t bite at who was the bigger global star. “I don’t know – it’s a chicken and egg kind of conversation,” Curry said while laughing.