Lionel Messi: The Ultimate Fan Book

Lionel Messi: The Ultimate Fan Book

by Mike Perez


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The first book for children and young adults about the world's leading soccer star

Thanks to his sublime skill, mesmerizing vision, and incredible goal-scoring record, Lionel Messi is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest soccer players and he looks set to become the greatest player of all time. This stunningly illustrated celebration of Messi contains everything a junior fan could want to know about the Barcelona and Argentina superstar. With photos throughout, the book charts Lionel Messi's incredible career, exploring his early years in Argentina through to him becoming a double Champions League winner and multiple holder of the FIFA World Player of the Year title. Written in a lively, buzzing style and filled with fun features, fantastic photographs, and enlightening quotes, this book celebrates his greatest moments and famous goals, and gives readers a special insight into how he became the world's greatest soccer star.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780974439
Publisher: Carlton Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Series: Ultimate Fan Book Series
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 14 Years

About the Author

Mike Perez is a sportswriter who spent five years as the Press Association's Spanish sports correspondent.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The inspiring Messi story 6

Early years: Growing up in Argentina 8

Making of a genius: What sets Messi apart from the rest 10

Spanish adventure: Moving to Europe and joining Barcelona 12

The big time: Breaking into the first team - and winning 14

Youth club: Success at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup 18

El champion 1: Winning league titles in Spain 20

Simply the best: Becoming the world's greatest player 22

El champion 2: Becoming the world's greatest player 24

Great goals 1: Messi bamboozles Getafe 26

That's a fact 1: Incredible stats at Barcelona 28

Olympic gold: Taking Beijing by storm in 2008 30

Off duty: Relaxing away from football 32

Eurostar: Champions League winner 34

Expert view: Football's big names have their say 38

Great goals 2: More brilliant Messi goals 40

Great mates: Superstar team-mates at Barcelona 42

That's a fact 2: Making his mark in international football 44

National hero: Leading the line for Argentina 46

The world stage: Appearing at the World Cup - twice! 48

Coach party: Messi's managers have their say 52

Global superstar: The world's most recognisable footballer 54

Great goals 3: Stunning strikes around the world 56

Record breaker: How Messi has rewritten the records 58

What next?: Where will Messi's career take him now? 60

Know your stuff: Quizzes and puzzles to tackle 62

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