“Sport seems to me the best expression of modernism. It is a balance between war and art, competition and beauty. Lionel Messi, as one of our greatest footballers, is also our greatest warrior and our greatest artist. Here Messi finds himself in an impressionist landscape and under the more violent sky of a war painting like Benjamin West’s ‘The Death of General Wolfe.’”
Daniel Kliger lives in New York City, where he attends Columbia University. We’re delighted to be featuring “Messi” on AFR. [Posted by Eric]
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‘He is like a Playstation player.’ – Arsène Wenger, 2010
Life is impossible to perfectly recreate, and football, restricted by reality, is the same. Video games are simply a reduced reflection of that on which they are based, and can never compete with the real thing – but that’s only obvious. There is only so much that current technology can achieve in taking life and art to the same level. There are only so many fingers on two hands, and only so many buttons and triggers that can be pushed at once. There are only so many different combinations resulting in only so many movements on the screen. A virtual Lionel Messi is good, but he has his limits.
The Messi that scored 91 goals in 2012 , that has won the Ballon d’Or for a fourth time, seemingly has no such limits. Wenger was wrong to compare him to the artificial imitation. The real Messi is far better.
After Messi picked up his fourth consecutive Ballon D’Or, I thought AFR’s audience would appreciate the humour of my take on where he keeps the trophies themselves. I wanted to communicate how unaffected by personal trophies he is. After some deliberation I came to the conclusion that the best way to do this was to show him integrating the pieces into his everyday life. In a way, this boring mundane task also humanises him.
In reference to the artwork itself, I’ve wanted to do comics that communicate without using speech. Hopefully they are that bit more immersive than my regular work. I know it’s asking a lot to immerse someone in an illustrated world in just five panels but I have to start somewhere!
“Pele’s the sort of player who makes you laugh uncontrollably, because no one could do what he just did, but he just did, and it was ridiculous and beautiful and it left four defenders on the ground. Ever since then, I’ve felt like defending Pele, like a Pele apologist, only it’s useless, because the sort of stuff he says is too petty and pompous to defend in any meaningful way.”
While Lionel Messi has made it clear time and time again that his dream is to win a World Cup with Argentina, the truth is that he only has a couple of chances to do so until he is forced to retire. Given that the weight of a nation rests on the 24-year-old’s shoulders, Lionel Messi has teamed up with an array of top doctors from Argentina and Spain to ensure that Messi will bring Argentina success. In a groundbreaking move to appease his countrymen (and upstage Real Madrid’s island resort), Messi has agreed to create Argentina’s golden generation, quite literally.
Inspired by the controversial practices of Ivy League Baby™ for hopeful parents with overwhelming inferiority complexes, Lionel Messi’s children will not be brought up by just his future wife. Instead, Lionel has agreed to donate his seed to thousands of women who want to raise a little footballing maestro and also dream of Argentina hoisting the World Cup once more within their respective lifetimes.
Lionel Messi said: “I’m confident that Argentina can win one of the next three World Cups, but I’m not that confident. I mean, we pretty much found defenders in local parks to play with us in ‘10, so I can’t promise anything. To be honest, we don’t really compare with the Germans and the Spanish at the moment.”
He continued: “I’m only one guy, you know? But not to worry because I’m going to put this country on my back and create one thousand Messis for the next generation to enjoy. I talked with some doctors, and we have the technology. So why not? I also got permission from Pep, Xavi, and Iniesta, so literally nothing is stopping me. I now know that if I don’t win a World Cup, then my kids will in merciless fashion. That’s a pretty great feeling.”
Diego Maradona also made time during his latest press conference with Al Wasl to mention that he wanted to participate in this groundbreaking artificial insemination program. However, this announcement resulted in perilous screaming and even fainting by women in their mid-to-late 20s across Buenos Aires.