Lindsey Horan Covered Her Bedroom Walls With Photos of Messi | The Players’ Tribune

Lindsey Horan Covered Her Bedroom Walls With Photos of Messi | The Players’ Tribune

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– Mom, you know one of my
favorite memories is, um…. Do you remember that 3-v-3 tournament, and we won, I think, and
we all got balloons after and Annie’s balloon, she
let it go accidentally, and then I gave her my balloon. – I have that picture on the fridge. – Yeah, it’s so funny. ♪ Happy birthday to you. ♪ ♪ Happy birthday, dear Lindsey. ♪ ♪ Happy birthday to you. ♪ I think I always wanted to play, but the only way I would play
is if my mom was my coach. I was so shy, I was so nervous, and my mom was the person that was with me that said, like, “You can do this,” like, “Come on, get out of the car.” – Each year, you know, she would build up, and each time she went
to the national team, she’d save her mementos, and
Messi was always her idol. And all her little souvenirs. – It was once I got to
Rush, and I was coached by Tim Schulz, who is one of my heroes. You know, he first told me to
start watching Lionel Messi, and that was the time that he was debuting at Barca, at like 17. I watched him from the very beginning, and I absolutely fell in love with him, and then fell in love with that Barca, because it was one of the
best Barcas of all time, and it seems like such a
cliché to saying Messi is – but he was, just ’cause
he was so different, and it showed you could be so different, and you could do so many
things at the age of 17. Like he showed so much
confidence at that time, and I was like, “That’s the
player that I wanna be able…. Obviously I will never
be as good as Messi, but seeing that in him
made me wanna do the same. – [Announcer] Gives it to her teammate, and now Horan onside and a goal! Lindsey Horan with a
third goal of the match. – [Linda] Tim was
yelling at all the girls. He’s like, “One of you
in here is gonna go far, be big, you know, be a pro,” and on the way home she looked at me, and she said, “That’s gonna be me.” – [Dad] O.K., you’re skiing! Oh, good skiing! Whoa!
[Giggles] – I mean, it was amazing to me, kind of surreal, when it all happened. It’s like, my gosh, she
knew what she wanted and she went for it. And it’s like, not many people know at a young age what they want like that. I like preserving that memory, I like to – I just go in there and
look around sometimes and just think of her as a
little girl, laying there on her bed, looking at
her jerseys and pictures. She was very special and unique. She’s inspirational, I’ve
learned a lot from her. I mean, you can do whatever you want, you just have to work hard enough at it.

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  1. The fact that she has a Boca Jr's jersey alone makes me have tons of respect for her, I saw the other jerseys and thought "she just a mainstream fan"

    Till I saw the boca Jr's jersey!! Kudos for that!

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