This story appeared on The Run of Play, April 7, 2010.
A voice cries out in the wilderness—but no one hears it. An extinct species flourishes on the frozen ground, making the barren land his own—but no one notices.
As Lionel Messi glided across the plains of the Camp Nou, omnipotent in his ability, making hyperbole the norm, another dynamic little man forged his spot in a sport where there wasn’t a spot for him. He too turned a game on its head. He did so in the harshest of climates—a land winded and cold, an alien hybrid of grass and rubber and plastic, a land filled with oil magnates—but no one was paying attention.
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