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Photo: Sebastian Liste—Reportage by Getty Images

Football Comes Home: Soccer as Religion in Brazil

Brazil-based photographer Sebastián Liste took these powerful photos of soccer fans and soccer players in Rio de Janeiro, for whom football is no mere pastime, it is a religion.

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.

Photograph by Danny Moloshok—Reuters

May 26, 2013. A Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur mascot runs on the field as young boys play an exhibition soccer match during halftime of the MLS soccer game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC in Carson, California. The dinosaur was on the field to promote the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

From the first same-sex marriage in France and memorials in Moore, Okla. to an epic Hobbit battle reenactment and a dinosaur taking the field during a soccer match, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

June 9, 2012. A stray dog stands on a rubbish dump at the seafront in Sidon, southern Lebanon. The dump, located near schools, hospitals and apartment blocks in Lebanon’s third biggest city, has partially collapsed into the Mediterranean sea several times. (Ali Hashisho—Reuters)

From sectarian violence in Myanmar and wildfires in Colorado to protests in Egypt and the Euro 2012 soccer championships in Poland and Ukraine, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week. See more 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.

Joachim Ladefoged had only eight minutes to photograph one of the world’s greatest soccer players, Lionel Messi, for the cover of TIME International. “Just enough time to use three different backgrounds,” Ladefoged said.

A huge Messi fan himself, Ladefoged did something he’s never done before after the shoot.“I have to admit that for the first time in my 20-year career as a photographer, I asked for an autograph,” he said. “I have two sons at home and bought a Messi Barcelona shirt, so coming home without a signed shirt from their biggest hero was out of the question.”

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