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    Joachim Ladefoged Captures Lionel Messi for Time

    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.
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