Where in ‘Donda’ Does Kanye West Reference Lionel Messi?

Published 08/30/2021, 11:14 AM EDT


Lionel Messi is one of the biggest superstars in the world. He’s arguably the greatest to ever grace a football pitch and has the star power to go with that. This was evident when American rapper Kanye West mentioned Messi in a song.

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“Donda” was finally released on Sunday after West kept pushing the date back. He organized three separate listening parties for the album, and after a lot of chopping and changing, the album is finally out now. Kanye mentioned Messi in a song named Off the Grid, which features Fivio Foreign and Playboy Carti alongside him.

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Don’t try to test me. I keep it clean, but they could get messy. I talk to God every day. That’s my bestie. They playin’ soccer in my backyard. I think I see Messi,” West sang.

This was the first time he has ever included Lionel Messi in a song. Moreover, Kanye is not known to be an avid football fan. Messi wasn’t the only athlete who was name-dropped in the album, as Kanye also mentioned Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo in a track named Junya, featuring Playboi Carti again.

The lyrics were: “I won with the bucks, boy / Let me Giannis.

Lionel Messi’s influence has reached an all-time high, and his transfer to Paris Saint Germain might have finally put him on Kanye West’s radar.

Lionel Messi leaves FC Barcelona to join PSG.

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After over 20 years with the club, the Argentinian footballer finally left Barcelona and is now plying his trade in France. While he reached an agreement on an extension with the club, La Liga regulations didn’t allow FC Barcelona to re-sign Messi for financial reasons.

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As a result, Messi had to leave, and PSG signed one of the greatest footballers of all time for free. The Parisian club has already made a huge profit off his name as shirts bearing Messi’s name remain sold-out.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a football writer at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for football to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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