Originally Posted by kurt_rambis
how is that? messi is a bigger worldwide star, but kobe is just as important to basketball as messi is to soccer. he might not be the best player in the world anymore, but he's definitely the biggest name, especially internationally
Messi is more to soccer than Kobe is to basketball.
Kobe only has 1 MVP, while Messi is about to get his 4th Ballon d'Or, which will be most of any one all time, and is only 25.