Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Consider this the "before" photo of Lionel Messi, one of the world's best footballers (a.k.a. soccer players). Messi, who currently plays for Barcelona, has just signed on to exclusively wear Dolce & Gabbana at all official occasions—starting with the Golden Boot Gala last month. “We are very happy to link our name to that of a great champion such as Leo Messi," Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana said in a statement. "Talent is innate, but it’s the passion and the sheer will we see while he plays that have elevated him to the highest level of worldwide football.”