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SUMMER OF SOCCER

COPA AMÉRICA

LIONEL MESSI

THE BEST PLAYER ON THE PLANET

IN HIS OWN WORDS

"IF YOU AMERICANS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING ME IN PERSON, TRUST ME: THE FEELING IS MUTUAL."

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Sports Illustrated

FILMS

MESSI SPEAKS

WATCH IT AT SI.COM/FILMS

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NBA PLAYOFFS

HERE COMES THE THUNDER. HOW LONG BEFORE THE REIGN?

BY LEE JENKINS

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OLYMPICS 2016

KATIE LEDECKY WILL OWN RIO

BY S.L. PRICE

LIONEL MESSI BARCELONA, 3/10/16

PHOTOGRAPH BY YU TSAI

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ON THE COVER: Yu Tsai (Messi)