Messi

Messi

by Guillem Balague

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ISBN-13: 9781409146605
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 1,005,264
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Guillem Balague is the author of Messi, Barça, Pep Guardiola, A Season on the Brink, Cristiano Ronaldo, which won the British Sports Book Football Book of Year award in 2016, and Brave New World, his bestelling biography of Mauricio Pochettino. A key fixture of Sky Sports' coverage of Spanish football for many years, he now broadcasts on BBC Radio 5 Live and for LaLiga TV from Barcelona. He is also the UK Correspondent for AS, the Madrid-based Spanish sports newspaper, and El Larguero, Spain's most popular sports radio show. His work appears regularly in The Times and in Champions magazine, where he writes a regular column on international football. He is the Director of Football of Biggleswade United, and he won Influencer of the Year 2016 in the Football Blogging Awards.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Alejandro Sabella, Argentina National Team Manager ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 In Rosario

1 'Pass it, Leo!' But He Never Did 23

2 Waiting for Leo 61

3 Goodbye, Leo 105

Part 2 In Barcelona

1 Landing in Barcelona. Well, in Rosario. That Is, in Barcelona 125

2 Making His Way

3 Becoming a Champion

4 Frank Rijkaard: The Rise

5 Frank Rijkaard: The Decline

6 Leo Is not a Natural-born Genius. Nobody Is 326

7 Dealing with Maradona 375

Part 3 At The Peak

1 Breaking Records 427

2 Where Is Leo Heading? 541

3 Alejandro Sabella 594

4 Thiago: The Definitive 10 605

Afterword Sandro Rosell, President of FC Barcelona 611

Dramatis Personae 614

Bibliography 616

Acknowledgements 619

Index 622

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