Messi economics : Planet Money Soccer star Lionel Messi is currently hoping to lead Argentina to victory in the World Cup. His path to global fame was shaped by a crisis in Argentina's economy.

This episode was made in collaboration with NPR and Futuro Studios's The Last Cup podcast.

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Messi economics

Messi economics

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María Jesús Contreras for NPR

Lionel Messi was a gifted kid who would go on to become one of the best soccer players ever. And the story of how Messi went from his earliest goals on the soccer fields of his hometown in Argentina to global superstardom is, in part, an economic one.

In this episode, a collaboration with NPR and Futuro Studios's new podcast, The Last Cup, host Jasmine Garsd retraces Messi's early career, examining how a devastating economic crisis in Argentina shaped Messi's path, and what it meant for her own life.

Listen to The Last Cup on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

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