Wednesday May 25th, 2016

Maggie Gray welcomes Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl to the Gray Area Podcast to discuss the Lionel Messi first-person essay that he helped put together.

In this episode, Wahl takes you behind the curtain to give you more insight into the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. They talk about Messi's upbringing, getting HGH injections as a teenager, his rise to become the greatest soccer player in the world, a World Cup win missing from his resume, his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo, why he wants to meet Stephen Curry and much more.

You can read Messi’s first-person essay as told to SI’s Grant Wahl here, and watch the full film on the soccer superstar, titled The World of Messihere at Sports Illustrated Films.

You can subscribe to the show on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher or SoundCloud, and you can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts. Tweet Maggie at @maggiegray and use the hashtag #GrayArea to give the show feedback.

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