Leo Messi posts message of support for Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant created basketball fans all over the globe during his NBA career, and soccer star Leo Messi is one of them.

Messi, who many consider the world’s greatest active soccer player, posted a message on Instagram supporting the Los Angeles Lakers legend.

Messi said the reason he gained an interest in basketball is because of Bryant, who is set to retire after the 2015-16 campaign:

“It’s always sad to hear when a sportsman is retiring. But @kobebryant will always be in the history books as one of the greatest. It was he who helped me become interested in basketball. All the best in the next stage of your life, Kobe.”

Considering the way Bryant is playing right now, Messi might not want to watch the end of Kobe’s career.

Remember him as he was, Leo. That’s all we can do, too.