“I would like to thank Dolce&Gabbana for having made this collaboration possible. I have always had a preference for their sartorial style and I always loved the sophisticated image they project.” Leo Messi “We are very happy to link our name to that of a great champion such as Leo Messi. Talent is innate, but it’s the passion and the sheer will we see while he plays that have elevated him to the highest level of worldwide football.” Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana Leo Messi, FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009 and currently playing with Barcellona F.C., is considered the world’s best footballer despite being only 23. The player will wear Dolce&Gabbana in all official occasions, starting with the Golden Boot Gala, which saw him being awarded as best European scorer for the season 2009/2010 on September 30th. Dolce&Gabbana has always had a privileged relationship with the sporting world. It’s dated last July the announcement of a three-years partnership with one of the legends of British football: Chelsea FC; while the Italian brand has been a sponsor of A.C. Milan since 2004 and of the Italian National team since 2006. All this has just been added to relevant advertising campaigns and publications such as Calcio and 2006 Dolce&Gabbana – Italia Campioni del Mondo, which contributed to transform football players into so much more than mere arena’s idols: they have made them into the style icons of today. Milan, October 11th 2010