Tuesday 19 June 2018

Lionel Messi poses with goats for photoshoot

What else do you ask the supposed ‘Greatest Of All Time’ to do?

(Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport and Dave Howarth/PA)
(Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport and Dave Howarth/PA)

By Edd Dracott, Press Association

Lionel Messi has posed with goats for a photoshoot with Paper magazine.

The shoot is a nod towards the five-time FIFA World Player of the Year’s common label as the GOAT of football, or Greatest Of All Time.

Paper magazine writes that Messi acclimatised quickly to the animals, “warmly” approaching them, “laughing and playing with one of the babies”.

“I am a big fan of animals,” the Barcelona forward said in the interview. “I grew up with them and they have taught me many things.

“Now we have our dog Hulk who really is part of the family, we always include him. Our children learn so much from Hulk.”

The magazine said the photoshoot, taken by Carles Carabi, was created at a farm and educational centre in Barcelona, La Granja Natura, with staff and vets on hand to ensure no harm was caused to them.

Messi began his preparations for the World Cup in Russia with a hat-trick against Haiti in Argentina’s warm-up game last week, before the team headed to Barcelona for a training camp.

Argentina’s final warm-up match is against Israel on Saturday.

The Greatest of All Time graces our Sports issue cover! Get to know the soccer superhuman, Leo #Messi, right in time for the #WorldCup! #PAPERGetsMessi #GOAT #HereToCreate

Posted by Paper Magazine on Monday, June 4, 2018

Read the full Paper magazine article here.

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