The beautiful game: Soccer around the globe
Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and Rooney may get the headlines. But soccer isn’t just about the global megastars who will face off at the 20th World Cup, which kicks off Thursday in Brazil, the sport’s spiritual home.
It’s also about the hundreds of millions of ordinary people around the world who play, often equipped with little more than a makeshift ball and a passion for the game.
From the townships of South Africa to the playgrounds of Bristol to the favelas of Rio, perhaps nothing brings people together like soccer. So as you get set for the festival of futebol that will entrance the world for the next month, enjoy these stunning shots of the Beautiful Game in its simplest and most authentic form.