By Nick Margiasso IV
Los Angeles Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant knows the best way to unwind after a season of hanging around big-time athletes playing a game followed by fans around the world that revolves around a little ol’ 29-inch ball.
Hang around big-time athletes playing a game followed by fans around the world that revolves around a little ol’ 28-inch ball, of course.
That’s right, Kobe “Footy” Bryant took his love for The Beautiful Game on the road for his latest vacation. He is currently in Brazil for the Confederations Cup rooting on world football/futbol/futbal/calcio/futebol/whatever-you-call-it powers like the aforementioned host country and his beloved Italian squad (who he grew up watching as a youngster in the country of calzones).
Here’s a look at the Soccer, err, Futebol Mamba on his sojourn:
Kickin’ it with all-time great Ronaldinho:
Starry-eyed in Soccerland with top players like Neymar, Dani Alves and Mario Balotelli:
Hangin with Brazil’s Mr. Damiao in a pair of his new soccer-inspired Nike joints:
As for his Achilles injury? Well, he’s been chatting on and off with the recently retired soccer brand David Beckham on that one. Kobe probably hopes that at this time next year, instead of kicking around at the fun and frenetic world party that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be, a ticker-tape parade will be on his calendar. Fun and frenzy is much more a Dwight Howard thing, anyway.
Follow Kobe Bryant, recent winner of the NBA’s first Social Media MVP Award, on Twitter @kobebryant.