Kobe, Osama, and the New Fandom

If we learned anything from the men’s Olympic soccer tournament, besides the fact that it’s too hot to play at noon in midsummer Beijing and that Ronaldinho is still a bit tubby, it’s that Kobe Bryant, the huge global superstar, is a big fan of Lionel Messi, the tiny global superstar. Bryant attended Argentina matches and was quoted saying that Messi was his favorite player. He also reportedly found the shaggy, little 21-year old in the lunchroom and, like an autograph-seeker, told him in Spanish, “Messi, eres el mejor.” You are the best!

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