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Photo: Nabil Elderkin for Beats by Dr. Dre

Behind the Scenes of the Beats by Dr. Dre World Cup Commercial

Photographer-turned-filmmaker Nabil Elderkin tells TIME how he came to direct the Beats by Dre World Cup 2014 commercial - The Game Before the Game.

Jan. 26, 2013. An Egyptian soccer fan holds a smoke flare above his head in celebration after learning that 21 fans of the Al Masry football club, involved in a football stadium massacre last year, were sentence to death, in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: Ed Giles—Getty Images)

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Surveying the Jump

MC1 Clifford L Davis / U.S. Navy

Honorable Mention, Feature. Members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, Sgt. 1st Class John Berentis, from Yuma, Ariz., and Staff Sgt. Laura Dickmeyer, from Abilene, Texas, access the wind conditions prior to their pre-game jump into FedEx field for the Army vs. Navy game.

The Pentagon has long acknowledged the importance of photographs, and it has hundreds of photographers, some in uniform and some not, taking thousands of pictures every day. Beginning in 1960 the best men and women in uniform have competed to be the Military Photographer of the Year. See the winners here.  

Behind the Scenes With Lionel Messi

By Bobby Ghosh

Famously (and painfully) shy, FC Barcelona’s superstar striker Lionel Messi, who appears on the cover of this week’s TIME International, was visibly uncomfortable for much of his interview with me and Lisa Abend. But he did begin to relax toward the end of the interview, when I asked him about his pastimes. Once described as a “PlayStation player” because of his sometimes otherworldly skills on the field, Messi revealed that he himself spent a lot of time playing video games. And what games, exactly? You guessed it: soccer.

I jokingly asked if, when choosing his team in a video-soccer game, he automatically chose “Messi.” The Argentine answered, with a straight face: “Of course. How else can I win?”

That fierce competitive drive manifests itself in other ways, too. Messi is known to storm off after losing even a practice game at the FC Barcelona training grounds. “You can see it in me when we’ve lost,” he said. “I’m in a bad way. I don’t like to talk to anyone. I just retreat into myself and go over the game in my head: the things that went wrong, what I did wrong, why we didn’t win.” But the black moods don’t last long. Messi says he recovers when there’s another game. “Luckily we play a lot, so it happens quickly.”

He also gets photographed a lot but, unlike many modern sports superstars, he remains wary of the camera. Asked about his favorite picture of himself, he replied: “None.”

Although he was totally cooperative with photographer Joachim Ladefoged, following his instructions without protest, it was clear Messi wasn’t enjoying the experience. I asked him which he hated less, “being photographed or being interviewed?”

For a moment, Messi’s guard was down, and he grinned broadly. “Neither,” he said.

Joachim Ladefoged is a photographer represented by VII agency. See more of his work here.

Bobby Ghosh is the deputy international editor at TIME. Follow him on Twitter @ghoshworld.

Check out video from the shoot here.

“After traveling the world and witnessing the best and worst humans have to offer, nine Olympics, dozens of would-be presidents, the poorest and the most powerful among us, I’m back in Nebraska and halfway through shooting my dream project” - Kenneth Jarecke. As the Cornhuskers play their first Big Ten conference game Saturday, a new book by Kenneth Jarecke chronicles the team’s 2010 season. See more here.

Presley’s life returned to some kind of normalcy as he played touch football with friends at a local community center on Dec. 27. But the respite was temporary; Presley’s life would never again be that simple. Presley’s good looks, sensuous moves and mesmerizing voice made him a sensation overnight. See more here.

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