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WATCH: An inside look at Lionel Messi the player and the person

Despite being the undisputed best footballer in the world and having tons of endorsements, Lionel Messi is a very private individual. He doesn't like the spotlight and prefers to keep to himself. He's the polar opposite of most famous athletes.

Messi rarely gives in-depth interviews or participates in big media events that he isn't obligated to do. However, in preparation for this summer's Copa America Centenario, the Barcelona and Argentina man sat down with Sports Illustrated for this exclusive feature.

Above is a great look at how far Messi has come in his career, from a little kid in Argentina all the way to one of the greatest athletes to ever live today. He reflects on his journey so far for club and country and discusses his ambition for this summer's Copa America.

In "The World of Messi" he examines how Barcelona gave him everything he has now, but explains his desire to return to his home country one day.

It's rare Messi gives us this much insight into his life. This short feature is definitely worth your time.

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