Santos Magazine Cover – Messi & Maradona

Santos Magazine wrote about Lionel Messi and how he can’t get away from (being compared to) Diego Maradona. The illustration shows the connection literally by weaving two portraits of both soccer players.

Illustration for Santos Magazine with the heads of Messi and Maradona woven together

Santos is a premium soccer magazine with a strong focus on more in-depth stories, quality photography and soccer culture. The magazine created an issue in preparation of the 2018 World Championship that was entirely focused on Lionel Messi. One of the articles went into how Messi is always being compared to Maradona. They are both Argentinian star players and soccer legends in their own way.

The cover was based on this article. It shows the two players woven together and how the connection might be unraveling. The illustration was created by literally weaving two portraits together and photographing the result. The backside of the weave was also photographed and used for the back cover.

Illustration for Santos Magazine with the heads of Messi and Maradona woven together before editing The backside of the illustration showing two images woven together

The resulting magazine cover

The end result is an iconic image with two recognizable legends that tells a story and draws attention .

Cover of Santos Magazine with the heads of Messi and Maradona woven together