Grant Burkhardt

Freelance Writer

On a deep level, at my core, meaning no irony and hoping not to patronize, I think Lionel Messi might be the higher power that created the known universe.

The random, flowy, ad-lib nature of soccer drew me in, and I stayed because it connects me to the rest of the world. Soccer people are my people, that's why I'm here, at The18, writing too many words about everything.