Lionel Messi Praises Steph Curry – Barcelona star Lionel Messi has heaped praise on the Golden State Warriors’ superstar point guard, Steph Curry.
The United States is set to host this year’s Copa America, and Messi admitted that he was eager to watch the phenomenal shooter play.
“Seeing him play is magical,” Messi said about Curry in an interview with Sports Illustrated. “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.”
He added: “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.”
Messi also spoke his early history with football, his love for the US, and much more. You can check out the full Sports Illustrated feature here.