TIME Influential: Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

The soccer player from Barcelona made the most influential cut for his swift moves on the field and humble spirit. Known for scoring five goals in one championship game, the 24-year-old may very well be recognized as one of the greatest soccer players out there. And we can thank his passion for the game. As Time explains, “Clearly he plays because he loves it, and it shows every time he takes the field.”

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.