It could be reasonably said that Stephen Curry and Lionel Messi are the greatest players in their respective sports today.
Messi has multiple Ballon d’Ors as his proof. Curry has a litany of records and an MVP award as his. However, it’s hard to imagine many parallels at all between basketball and football, but there seems to be an ever-growing respect between the two icons nevertheless.
It started around five months ago when Curry sent the Barcelona talisman his signed Golden State Warriors jersey for reaching 30 million followers on Instagram, which is now actually around 40.5 million.
Of course, Curry wears the number 30 for the reigning NBA champions so the gesture made perfect sense. The 28-year-old three-point phenom has also said the Warriors watch clips of Messi and the Catalan giants sometimes to draw some inspiration.
Both men hold a whole host of records that make them the otherworldly competitors that they are, however, along the way, they have become synonymous with their jersey numbers, too.
After receiving his gift, Messi vowed to repay the favour when Curry reached 10 million followers on the social media platform and send the Dubs star one of his signed Barcelona shirts emblazoned with his name and his number 10 on the back.
The fellow 28-year-old reciprocated the gesture on Sunday night and he posted the following comments on his Facebook page.
“As I promised I would, I’m sending you my shirt to celebrate you reaching 10 million followers on Instagram,” Messi said.
“It’s an honour for me to be able to share my jersey with you and it’s always a pleasure to watch you play.
“I hope to see you play for many more years to come and I wish you all the success possible.”
As nice as Messi’s gift is, it will take a lot to cheer Curry up at the moment. Although he posted an average of 30.1 points per game and made a record 402 three-pointers to lead the Warriors to a record 73-game win regular season, injuries have plagued the superstar’s postseason thus far.
It hasn’t hindered the Warriors, just yet, as they hold a commanding 3-1 lead over the Houston Rockets with the next game in the series taking place at their home, the Oracle Arena.
However, after a right ankle sprain and now a knee strain, lady luck doesn’t appear to be shining on Curry just when he needs it. He will be hoping he can rest up before the Western Conference semi-finals where, should the Warriors go on to dispatch the Rockets, they’ll face either the Portland Trail Blazers or the L.A. Clippers.
The Argentinian national team is set to be in the Bay Area to open their Copa America Centenario run in early June, which is right around the time of the NBA Finals. Perhaps a meeting between two icons will be in the offing?