Lionel Andrés Messi

Photographs by Domenico Dolce

Dolce&Gabbana has crafted this book together with Lionel Messi, forward for Barcelona and the Argentine National Team, winner of four consecutive Ballons d’Or. The images portray the soccer player in a very private dimension, far from the referees’ whistles and the stadium steps. A Messi we have not seen before, revealed to us at his deepest and most intimate through Domenico Dolce’s creativity and eye.

Taken especially for this project, the photos convey the emotions, sentiments and passions of this young man who faced adversity with courage in pursuing his dream to become the number one of world soccer. And, unlike many of the champions of the past, Leo combines his prodigious feats on the field with an absolutely ordinary and moderate lifestyle, a simple appearance and a frank and direct manner, making him not only the ideal interpreter of the Dolce&Gabbana style, but also of a new era.

From the end of June the book will be available for sale in every Dolce&Gabbana boutique and in the best Italian bookshops; from November it will be available worldwide.The project includes a calendar and limited edition t-shirts with photos of Leo Messi shot by Domenico Dolce, also available in Dolce&Gabbana boutiques worldwide.

The book, the calendar and the t-shirts will support a project of the Leo Messi Foundation: the aim of this initiative is the care of children with congenital nevus and infantile melanoma. Leo Messi Foundation is an initiative of Leo Messi with the support of his family. The aim of the Foundation is to give to all children the same opportunities for making their dreams come true. Since 2007 the Foundation has been working in a tireless way on carrying out its mission in favour of kids and adolescents who are in a risk situation.