The Last Cup: Lionel Messi's Dream : Embedded From his earliest goals on the soccer fields of his hometown in Argentina to his arrival in Spain's Barça Football Club, host Jasmine Garsd follows the journey of a gifted kid who would go on to become one of the best. In Argentina, where the national sport is a fierce obsession, Lionel Messi was the one that got away.

As Garsd retraces Messi's early career, she examines the consequences of Argentina's devastating economic crisis of 2001, how it shaped Messi's path, and what it meant for her own life.

The Last Cup: Part 2

The Last Cup: Part 2

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Teen Lionel Messi plays soccer in front of a younger version of himself getting on a plane to leave Argentina. María Jesús Contreras for NPR hide caption

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Teen Lionel Messi plays soccer in front of a younger version of himself getting on a plane to leave Argentina.

María Jesús Contreras for NPR

From his earliest goals on the soccer fields of his hometown in Argentina to his arrival at Spain's Barça Football Club, host Jasmine Garsd follows the journey of a gifted kid who would go on to become one of the best soccer players ever. In Argentina, where the national sport is a fierce obsession, Lionel Messi was the one that got away.

As Garsd retraces Messi's early career, she examines the consequences of Argentina's devastating economic crisis of 2001, how it shaped Messi's path, and what it meant for her own life.

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