UPDATED TO INCLUDE THE 2018 WORLD CUP
The story of one of the greatest footballers of all time, Barcelona and Argentina's Lionel Messi.
'I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi' Diego Maradona
Despite all the fame and adulation, remarkably little is known about Lionel Messi, the modest and intensely private footballing genius. Just how did the boy from Rosario, Argentina, become the world's greatest player?
Guillem Balague has had unprecedented access to Messi's inner circle: his coaches, team-mates and family. In addition, Pep Guardiola has provided exclusive analysis of the player. The result is an authoritative and compelling account of the wonderful mystery that is Messi.
'I can tell my grandkids one day that I coached Lionel Messi' Pep Guardiola
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Group, Limited|
|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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Alejandro Sabella, Argentina National Team Manager ix
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