Messi by Luca Caioli
The Inside Story of the Boy who became a Legend

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Still only 24, Lionel Messi is on course to become the greatest soccer player of all time. The 2009 and 2010 FIFA Player of the Year, he is fast, elusive, and mesmerizing. Nominated by Maradona as successor to his No. 10 Argentina shirt, he is already set for football divinity.

Luca Caioli draws on numerous exclusive testimonies to tell Messi's story: his parents and extended family; his coaches at Grandoli and Newell's Old Boys; Rjikaard and Zambrotta from Barcelona; Jorge Valdano and many others from Argentina, Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta and ex-Chelsea defender Asier del Horno. In the final chapter Messi himself sizes up his life so far.

Updated to include the 2011 Champions League Final, when everyone, including the opposition, applauded Messi and his team, Messi is a brilliant, insightful and revealing portrait of football's most exciting player and a must-read for all true fans of the game.

About Luca Caioli

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Luca Caioli is a renowned Italian sports journalist who crafted his reputation at L'Unita, Il Manifesto, La Repubblica, La Gazzetta dello Sporti and Rai 3 in Italy, ITV in Britain, and as chief editor of Euronews TV in France. He settled in Spain five years ago where he is correspondent for SKY Italia and writes for Il Corriere della Sera. He has also written bestselling biographies of footballers Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi.
Published March 20, 2012 by Icon Books. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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