‘He helped me become interested in basketball’: Lionel Messi hails outgoing Kobe Bryant
Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has spoken of his admiration for retiring NBA legend Kobe Bryant after a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant announced his decision to retire at the end of the season earlier this week having won five NBA titles and two Olympic gold medals in a hugely succesful career.
“It was he who helped me become interested in basketball. All the best in the next stage of your life, Kobe.”
Messi and Bryant starred together in a commercial for Turkish Airlines in 2013 that was named “Ad of the Decade” by YouTube earlier this year.
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Published: December 3, 2015 04:00 AM