This Summer, Lionel Messi Hopes to Meet Steph Curry

FC Barcelona superstar gets the Sports Illustrated cover and video profile treatment.

Today, we can all enjoy the SI Films featurette The World of Messi, a 12-minute profile of one of the world’s two best soccer players. Tomorrow comes the accompanying Sports Illustrated cover story, for which the FC Barcelona star was photographed by Yu Tsai.

Messi welcomed Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl in Barcelona for the cover story. There are many riveting revelations, including the wizard of the pitch’s sideline plans when he comes to the U.S. in June to play in the Copa América:

“In Argentina’s opening game, we meet Chile on June 6 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif… 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…”

“Our small sizes, and even our playing styles, are similar… 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.”

Wahl also spoke to key figures in the player’s life, including former agent Josep Maria Minguella and previous FC Barcelona manager Carles Rexach.