Joachim Ladefoged photographs international soccer star Lionel Messi
for the cover of this week's Time Magazine
. The Argentine-born Messi plays for FC Barcelona and was recently awarded FIFA's Ballon d'Or
. Notoriously shy and guarded, Messi sat down with the magazine to discuss his shining career, his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo, and his relationship with his home country.
Ladefoged had a mere eight minutes to shoot Messi on set. Despite the time limit, Ladefoged found Messi very patient and easy to work with. The photographer is also a longtime fan of the soccer player. He admits, "For the first time in my 20-year career as a photographer, I asked for an autograph."
Time Magazine's latest issue with Lionel Messi on the cover is on newsstands now.
See more of Joachim Ladefoged's photography here.