"He seems magical to us not just because of his awesome talent, but because the game still seems magical to him. A lot of the time, we treat what the ball does on the pitch as a means; we rush past it to talk about legacy, rankings, fame, contracts, transfers, whatever. For Messi, I think, it’s the opposite. A contract is a means. Celebrity is a means. Being in sync with his teammates is a means. Even winning is a means. The ball is the end."
This seems like a totally unrelated link to anything I normally post about, but - I was reading this line in this beautifully written article about Leo Messi, and I realised - this is Haru in Free!. How Messi is with the ball is how Haru is with the water.
If you have the remotest interest in football, have a read; if you don’t but the above quote intrigues you, have a read too.