Those of us who are not versed into the art of soccer may not know that Lionel Messi is the only player ever to have won the prestigious FIFA Golden Ball award four times in a row -- but this piece of information isn't particularly relevant here. Today we're focusing on Messi, the muse.
Since 2010, the Argentine athlete has been dressed exclusively by Dolce & Gabbana, and in a new picture book published this fall by Rizzoli, he plays model for the lense of Domenico Dolce.
The book is already available in selected Dolce & Gabbana stores and will be released in the US on September 3, complete with a calendar and T-shirts. All proceeds from sales will go to the Leo Messi Foundation, which funds care for children with congenial nevus and infantile melanoma.
Until then, enjoy a preview of the most striking photographs:
SLIDESHOW: Lionel Messi x Dolce & Gabbana