The Last Cup: Lionel Messi's Past : Embedded NPR and Futuro Studios present The Last Cup, a podcast series about soccer and the immigrant experience.

As Lionel Messi rose up the ranks of the storied Barça football club in Spain, he dreamed of winning a World Cup for his home country. But playing with Argentina's national team has proven to be this soccer superman's kryptonite. For most of his career, Messi has wrestled with the disappointment of the home crowd after each devastating World Cup loss. Over time, his connection to his own country has been questioned after spending time abroad.

What can Messi's story tell us about the cost of leaving home, and the struggle to return?

The Last Cup is a dual language limited series. All episodes will be released in English and Spanish. Listen to the Spanish versions here.

The Last Cup: Part 1

The Last Cup: Part 1

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An illustration of Lionel Messi standing in front of cheering Barcelona fans and jeering Argentina fans.
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NPR and Futuro Studios present The Last Cup, a podcast series about soccer and the immigrant experience

As Lionel Messi rose up the ranks of the storied Barça football club in Spain, he dreamed of winning a World Cup for his home country. But playing with Argentina's national team has proven to be this soccer superman's kryptonite. For most of his career, Messi has wrestled with the disappointment of the home crowd after each devastating World Cup loss. Over time, his connection to his own country has been questioned after spending time abroad.

What can Messi's story tell us about the cost of leaving home, and the struggle to return?

The Last Cup is a dual language limited series. All episodes will be released in English and Spanish. Listen to the Spanish versions here.