07 March, 2021

FIFA World Cup 2018: Messi And Neymar Two Sides Of Football Stardom

If Messi and Neymar have one thing in common, it is a near-fanatical hunger for victory.

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Barca supporters at the Camp Nou
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Messi And Neymar Two Sides Of Football Stardom
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2018-06-14T16:05:16+05:30

As a child, I fantasised about my name going up on a wall at the Camp Nou, the home stadium of my favourite club, FC Barcelona. Four years ago, I achieved that goal… after a fashion. Blow-ups of two Time Magazine covers I had written, featuring Barca stars Lionel Messi and Neymar, went up in the press gallery of the stadium, and since I had cover bylines in both instan­ces, my name went up on that wall too. It wasn’t quite the fantasy I had in mind as a 10-year-old—in that dream, my name would be added to the list of the club’s top goal-scorers, alongside such legends as Josep Samitier, Lazlo Kubala, and Johann Cryuff—but I’ll take it.

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