Lionel Messi Says Kobe Bryant Was The Reason He Got Into Basketball

Game recognize Game.

Kobe Bryant has been getting a lot of love since he announced his plan to retire after this season. Now you can add soccer great Lionel Messi to that list of Kobe fans.

On Wednesday afternoon, Messi took to Instagram to honor the 37-year-old vet.

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"It's always sad to hear when a sportsman is retiring," Messi wrote. "But @KobeBryant will always be in the history books as one of the greatest. It was he who helped me become interested in basketball."

The respect and admiration is mutual between the two stars. Bryant said in 2014 that Messi was the best soccer player for a five-year period of time.

One legend showing respecting to another.


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