Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend

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Icon Books Ltd, Jan 5, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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El Pibe de Oro. The Golden Boy. Diego Maradona’s unwaning shadow looms large over world football. In 2007 the brilliant Argentine chose Lionel Messi as his successor to the famous No. 10 shirt. But you can never be sure that potential will be fulfilled. Three years later, Messi – El Pulga, the Flea – is a European Champion, Olympic Gold Medallist, the most naturally gifted footballer on the planet and a hero to millions of fans across the globe. Champions, reporters and coaches blunder time and time again in their haste to find superstars. This time they got it right. Aged only 22, he shows a degree of maturity rarely seen on the soccer pitch. Yet underneath the layers of footballing brilliance, he is still the shy boy who describes his Maradona moment with disarming simplicity: ‘I saw the gap and I went for it.’ Transcending both club and country, he is a sporting god who prefers homemade cookies to brand name perfumes. Author Luca Caioli draws on exceptional testimonies. Messi’s parents, Celia and Jorge, his bother Rodrigo and his uncles and aunts; his coaches at Grandoli and Newell’s Old Boys; Charly Rexach, Alex García, Frank Rjikaard, Gianluca Zambrotta from Barcelona; Hugo Tocalli, Pancho Ferrero, el Coco Basile, Roberto Perfumo from Argentina. And to conclude, Leo Messi himself sizes up his life so far.

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Rosario Present
Garibaldi Hospital 24 June 1987
The smallest of them all A summer afternoon in 1992
The same as always Conversation with Cintia Arellano
Red and black 21 March 1994
He was a Gardel Conversation with Adrián Coria
small 31 January 1997
International star in a small town Conversation with Mariano Bereznicki La Capital journalist
Supersonic aesthetic Conversation with Santiago Segurola Marca journalist
Difficult very difficult Conversation with Asier del Horno
Not even a single minute 30 June 2006
Positive discrimination Conversation with Jorge Valdano
The devil 10 March 2007
Jawdropping Conversation with Gianluca Zambrotta
Leo and Diego 18 April 2007
A long career ahead of him Conversation with Frank Rijkaard

Across the pond 17 September 2000
Latigazo Conversation with Fernando Chiche Niembro Fox TV commentator
Provisional licence 6 March 2001
Puyols mask Conversation with Álex García 13 Debut 16 November 2003
Homegrown Conversation with Cristina Cubero Mundo Deportivo Sports World journalist
Videotape 29 June 2004
The football is his toy Conversation with Francisco Pancho Ferraro
A friend Conversation with Pablo Zabaleta
Soap opera 3 October 2005
A breath of fresh air Conversation with Fernando Solanas Head of Sports Marketing at Adidas Iberia
Boy of the match 22 February 2006
You have to prove it Conversation with Carlos Salvador Bilardo
Disappointment 15 July 2007
An electric kid Conversation with Alfio El Coco Basile
Bronze and silver 17 December 2007
Physical thinking Conversation with Roberto Perfumo El Mariscal
The long journey towards gold 22 May 2008
Happiness 27 May 2009
Third time lucky 1 19 and 21 December 2009
Barcelona Present

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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 and ITV in Britain.

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