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Literally Just 20 Lionel Messi Tattoos To Admire

Lionel Messi is probably one of the most recognizable faces in soccer right now. Sure, part of it is likely because of the super sweet moment he had with a child from the Middle East that wore a plastic bag that looked like his jersey. But it is also probably because of he amazing soccer skills. Here are 20 tattoos of the soccer legend that prove fans have a very deep love for the athlete.

Simple. Clean. Recognizable.

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If you don’t want to get too intense, or expensive, this is the way to go. Just the number on the jersey and the last name. Everyone will recognize it.

The blurry action shot.

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The best part of art is that things don’t have to be perfect. Here we see what would be a blurry photo expertly placed on a Messi fan.

Minimalistic Messi is pretty dope.

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This should give all of you some inspo on how to turn your doodles into a permanent art installation.

Nothing like reminiscing on the major life events.

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Copa del Rey is a major soccer tournament played in Spain between the different Spanish soccer teams. Of course Messi was on the winning team more than once.

Why settle for just one Messi image?

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You have two legs and soccer is all about the legs. Therefore, it just makes sense to show off your love for Messi with two tattoos, one on each leg.

A pensive portrait is always nice.

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It’s like all of those photos your mom and abuela took of you and hung all over the house. A nice portrait really goes a long way.

There is something to be said about the classic from behind photo.

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That way you get to see the name and number and everyone will know who the tattoo is for.

Some times you love the player more than the game/teams.

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And when you love the player, like Messi, you just have to change your loyalty to the different teams he graces.

Get meta with it.

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Lionel Messi with his number inside his number. Talk about a true memorial.

Maybe your favorite Messi was blonde Messi.

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There’s nothing wrong with remembering someone the way you loved them. Perhaps his darker hair is just too much for you to handle.

Who else remembers those portraits with floating heads?

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It might not read as well as a tattoo but it’s your body so you can do with it what you want.

Messi, el Santo de Fútbol.

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That’s one way to honor one of the most memorable soccer players of all time. Fight me.

It’s always a good time to remember the good times.

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A celebratory tattoo is a great way to remember the best moments.

Autograph tattoos are *still* in style, apparently.

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Simple and to the point. How many times have you ever considered getting your favorite athlete’s or celeb’s tattoo on you?

One way to honor the soccer player is to remember the good he has done.

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It wasn’t that long ago that he was so moved by an Afghani child that he sent a jersey and soccer ball to the fan. What a sweet moment to remember as part of Messi’s legacy.

Stoic pics are some times the best way to go.

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No fluff, no smiles, no fancy outfits. Just a man concentrating on the game that lies before him and the determined look of a true professional.

Get a caricature of the man and slap in on your arm.

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I mean, we all love to get ourselves drawn by the folks on the piers or any other tourist trap. Why not use that inspo and get a fun tattoo?

If you think he’s a king, let the world know.

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That’s right. Some people are so enamored with people that they see them as royalty. The Internet is a great place.

Did we mention portraits yet?

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Because they are still a great way to memorialize the great.

Show the love you carry in your heart.

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This tattoo is one of the most beautiful and loving tattoos of the soccer great you’ll see.

Who are you rooting for in the World Cup? Share your love with us using and #WorldCup2018 and #ShowUsYourColors.

Some People Think Brazil Rigged Copa America In Their Favor Since They Were The Host Nation

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Some People Think Brazil Rigged Copa America In Their Favor Since They Were The Host Nation

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For the first time since 2007, Brazil has won the ultimate South American soccer tournament, Copa America. Brazil played against Peru in their home Maracaña stadium on Sunday, July 7 with a solid 3-1 victory. That small fact means something even bigger for Brazil. The country’s team has won the title every single time it has hosted the tournament. While some folks think that the tournament is rigged in Brazil’s favor, there were quite a few factors that were not in the winning team’s favor.

Neymar, arguably Brazil’s best player, had to sit out of the game due to an ankle injury.

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Neymar and his son sat very close to President Jair Bolsonaro, albeit on the sidelines. Fans have remarked on how upset Neymar looks to be benched. He had ruptured a ligament in his ankle just days before the game in a friendly match against Qatar last week.

Forward Gabriel Jesus, who scored for Brazil, was sent to the bench after a foul.

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With 20 minutes left in the game, Gabriel Jesus was sent to the bench for his second yellow card. That means that Brazil had ten players to Peru’s eleven, and still beat them.

“Brazil deserved the victory,” Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said.

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“We played better than we did in the previous match. We have improved as a team,” an encouraged Gareca told reporters. “We still have to improve more, but we are on the right track.”

Neymar’s replacement, Everton, was named player of the final.

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“I gave everything I had today,” said Everton. Nobody, not even coach Tite, could have imagined that Everton would even be playing in the final, let alone carry the team. You’ll see his head in the bottom left corner of the image above.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi publicly called the Copa América referees “corrupt.”

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After a bizarre red card against Messi during the third-place playoff against Chile Saturday, he told reporters, “I feel a lot of anger because I think I did not deserve that red card because I think we were playing a very good game. We were ahead, but, as I said recently, unfortunately, there is a lot of corruption, the referees. We leave with the feeling that they did not allow us to be in the final, that we were ready for better.” 

Defensive midfielder, Carlos Henrique Casemiro, had a classy response to Messi’s comments.

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This Twitter user is throwing shade back at Messi for his comments. “Those with a mouth can say what they want. It’s not up to me to speak, it’s a delicate subject,” the soccer player told reporters. “It’s not for me to say if the refereeing was good. We need to congratulate Peru for the good Copa America they had.”

While Brazil is celebrating a victory, they’re also commemorating a historic loss against Germany.

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Known on The Internet as #7x1Day, on July 8th, 2014, Brazil lost the FIFA World Cup to Germany in a disgraceful 7-1 loss. Germany scored four goals within the first six minutes of the game, and it got worse from there. At the last minute, Brazil scored a consolation goal but ultimately lost big. That game marked the end of a 62-match home unbeaten streak going back to the 1975 Copa América when they lost to Peru.

Of course, the Internet is doing its thing.

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Obviously, @TrollFootball is trolling us all with this screen grab from that infamous Germany-Brazil game. Latinos definitely came out to call BS on this claim. At the time, Germany’s jerseys looked pretty similar to Peru’s and have enjoyed a redesign.

Even Jesus is wearing a Brazil jersey now.

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And also, apparently, holding a gleaming trophy that’s shining brighter than Jesus himself! They say we create a God of our own understanding. This is how Rio’s God is looking–freshly outfitted and winning.

Felicidades a Brasil!!! 🇧🇷

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Brazil’s streets were flooded with fans after the victory, and we don’t think they’ve stopped partying since Sunday. Enjoy it!

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Here’s What We Know So Far About The Untimely Death Of Mexican-American Pitcher Tyler Skaggs

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Here’s What We Know So Far About The Untimely Death Of Mexican-American Pitcher Tyler Skaggs

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Less than a week after the unexpected passing of 27-year-old Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Tyler Skaggs, there is new controversy surrounding the reporting of his death. The Santa Monica Observer sparked widespread outrage when it speculated that Skaggs had died of an opioid overdose. But after receiving a wave of blowback, the California newspaper scrapped the piece and wrote an op-ed explaining why it did so. The explanation has been met with a tepid response from police and the Angels organization.

There are few details surrounding the reason behind Skagg’s death so far.

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Tragedy struck the baseball world last week when Skaggs, who is of Mexican descent, was found by the Southlake Police Department unconscious in a hotel room hours before his team was about to play the Texas Rangers. Authorities pronounced the 27-year-old dead at the scene, a police press release said. But there were still many questions about how such a young promising star like Skaggs could be found like this.

Shortly after, the Santa Monica Observer reported that Skaggs may have been getting opioid prescriptions from doctors who were unaware of each other’s treatments. That report was quickly shot down by Texas police who said there was no credible information to support that Skaggs died of an overdose or suicide.

Angels spokesperson, Marie Garvey, said the report was also wrong citing that the investigation is still ongoing at this time. While an autopsy has reportedly been completed, the results of it and a toxicology report will not be released until October.

“This article is categorically incorrect,” Garvey said in a statement. “The cause of death is still under investigation as stated by the Southlake Police Department. We have tried to contact the paper to correct this story but have [been] unsuccessful in our attempts. This sort of reckless reporting from Tyler’s hometown paper is disappointing and harmful.”

The Op-Ed piece did little to clear things up as many wonder why this was published in the first place.

The op-ed, published this past Saturday, titled “Why Did We Take Down Our Original Story About The Death of a Ballplayer?” says the publication took down the story due to multiple threats. Santa Monica Observer publisher David Ganezer wrote the op-ed and defended it’s publishing. He said the newspaper’s staff received “multiple personal threats and attacks from anonymous sources,” including “a creepy text message” that was sent to a young female intern’s cellphone.

“She wasn’t frightened about it at all,” Ganezer wrote. “But I was. I’m older, much older; and I know more about how out of hand the potential pile-on is getting in this country.”

“Not simply in the form of a threat letter from lawyers Kirkland and Ellis, representing the Angels and a certain deceased ball player. And not just in the form of anonymous phone calls and emails,” Ganezer said. “No, we also received multiple personal threats and attacks from anonymous sources.

The original article was ultimately scrubbed of the opioid details but Ganezer said in his op-ed it was made clear from the author, Stan Greene, the piece was “speculation.”

This isn’t the first time the newspaper publishes “speculative information.”

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The baseball world is still in mourning over the death of Skaggs and many teammates have shown their respect for their fallen teammate in various ways since last Monday. But for Skagg’s family, the last thing they want at this time is presumptive information being released about him.

According to the Santa Monica Lookout, the Observer has had previous situations where the paper published incorrect stories. This past January, a story ran with the headline, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Retire from the US Supreme Court in January 2019.” This was false. In December 2016, the headline, “Kanye West Appointed Under-Secretary of the Interior After Meeting at Trump Tower” was published, which was also false. Both pieces were written by Greene, who also wrote the article on Skaggs’ passing.

At this time, the paper says they would comment further on the story when Skaggs’ autopsy and toxicology reports are released in October. Maybe by then, we’ll have a more accurate picture on this unfortunate passing.

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