Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/13/12
Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant have a lot in common. Both spent their teenage years in foreign lands. Both superstar athletes have rivals who compel them to reach higher heights. Both hate to lose at, well, anything. This was evident when Bryant and Messi engaged in a game of “can you top this?” The contest didn’t take place on a field or court, but in the first-class cabin of an airplane — Turkish Airlines to be exact. The two appeared in a recent ad, in which they vie for the adulation of a young sports fan. The kid walks into the cabin and gasps after seeing Messi. He hands the soccer star a pen (for an autograph), but Bryant refused to be out-gunned for the kid’s attention and admiration. A battle of wills ensues, as each legend tries to one-up the other using ball tricks, card tricks and making balloon animals. In the end there could only be one winner, but we won’t tell you who it is. Watch Messi and Bryant duke it out in the video below. Have a question for Marcus Kwesi O’Mard? Send it to him via Twitter at @NESNsoccer, NESN Soccer’s Facebook page or send it here. He will pick a few questions to answer every week for his mailbag. Thumbnail photo via Twitter/LeoMessi_10FCB

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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