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

Author: CAIOLI LUCA
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Language: English
Length: 311 Pages
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS LTD, UK
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Messi: The Inside Story Of The Boy Who Became A Legend is a fascinating peek into the life and career of ace footballer Lionel Messi.

Summary Of The Book

Messi: The Inside Story Of The Boy Who Became A Legend adds to Luca Caioli’s growing list of biographies about some of the titans of world soccer. It brings to life the story of Lionel "Leo" Messi, a 24-year-old Argentine, already counted as one among the greatest footballers of all time.

Messi has been the only footballer in two decades to match up to, and perhaps even transcend, the standards set by his compatriot and legendary footballer, Diego Maradona. In fact, Maradona himself pronounced Messi his ‘successor’. With his sheer talent and continued brilliance on the football field, Messi would not be undeserving of the mantle of ‘the greatest football player in the world’.

The book is divided into 39 chapters, beginning with the events surrounding his birth and ending with the 2011 Champions League Final. The biographical account begins with the author’s conversation with Celia Cuccittini, Messi’s mother. Subsequent chapters offer interesting insights into the highlights of Messi’s life - events surrounding his birth, his first brush with football, his growth hormone deficiency, his trip to Spain, his official debut for Barcelona, and many more.

Through a series of gripping conversations, the book reveals the identity of various people - family, friends, coaches, journalists, fellow players, and others - all of whom have been instrumental in shaping Messi’s journey from being an ordinary boy to an extraordinary legend. It features interviews with people like Alex Garcia, Jorge Valdano, Gianluca Zambrotta, Frank Rijkaard, Asier del Horno, and Pablo Zabaleta, who have interacted closely with Messi at some point of time or another. The book ends with highlights from the author’s interesting conversation with Messi himself.

The author’s rendering of Messi’s life invites the readers to quench their curiosity about the legend that is Lionel Messi. This edition of the book was published in 2012 by Corinthian Books.

About Luca Caioli

Luca Caioli is an Italian sports journalist and bestselling author who has crafted biographies of several famous footballers.

His books include Ronaldo: The Obsession For Perfection and Torres: An Intimate Portrait Of The Kid Who Became King.

Caioli’s journalistic career has spanned over three decades, and covered print media, television, and radio. His reputation soared with his work for ITV, Britain. He followed it up with a stint as the Chief Editor of Euronews, France. Caioli is now a correspondent for SKY Italia in Madrid, Spain. His interests are diverse and include philosophy, gastronomy, and travel.

Specifications of Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend (Paperback)

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Author CAIOLI LUCA
Book Details
Publisher PENGUIN BOOKS LTD, UK
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9781906850395
ISBN-10 1906850399
Language English
Edition 1st Edition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 311 Pages
Dimensions
Width 5.00 inch
Height 0.90 inch
Weight 227 g
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18 May 11
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Brilliant!

A very comprehensive look at Messi's life from birth to the 2009 Champion's League Final in Rome. Caioli has interviewed tons of people who knew Messi well and had the chance to witness his progression from wonderkid to legend.

The book describes Messi's time growing up in Argentina, the struggles he had to face during the family's emigration to Spain, and his explosion thereafter.

The best quality of the book is that the author does not try to force his own opinion onto the reader. The interviews are published verbatim. Match descriptions and reports are published without any opinions offered.

If I had to make a complaint, though, it would be with the poor quality of narrative when matches are described.

On the whole, this book is a must read for any Barcelona fan. An excellent piece of sporting literature.

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13 March 12
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Messi: A nice book to know about a sensational player

First the cover picture is misleading in the site. The book listed here is the newer edition updated to include the 2010-2011 season (as in the descriptions) and the cover is from the final against Man Utd in Wembley just after Messi scored to put the ahead

The best part of the book are the ones that describe the beginning of Messi, from his initial days of playing and learning in his native local clubs to his exploits in Barcelona's youth teams. The whole fiascos which may have made Messi end up in Real to him not having a career in Spain and almost securing a move to UK are the most informative and interesting parts

The later parts however are not that 'necessary' for people like us who have seen the rise of this genius from a talented youngster alongside Ronaldinho & Co. to become one of the greatest players to ever have played the game!

Id give this book 3 and a half stars out of 5 (Though theres no option of a half star out here)
Recommended for all fans who want to know the beginnings of this tremendous player!

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10 July 12
Not good enough for MESSI

Luca Caioli has not done justice to Messi and as a true Messi fan, I was let down.
The composition of book should have gone beyond the simplistic "interviews".
While it provides a lot of information about Messi, which we in India are not aware of, it is just like reading a newspaper.
The book seems like a collection of newspaper articles on Messi.
The conversations which the author had with various personalities are put in a question and answer format, including the last chapter with Messi !!!

I expected more. Much More because it was about Messi.
Information on Messi 5*
A Book on Messi 2*

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09 August 12
MESSI-MERISING!

Luca Caioli, although an Italian journalist, provides literary satisfaction as a work of literature. He provides an insightful account from Messi's birth to his tempestuous career. But this book is incomplete simply because Messi's career is still not complete. This book tells of Messi's story right before the 2010 World Cup, and the 2014 World Cup is about a year and a half away. This book will only be complete ten years or so later, when Leo's journey is complete. But it's a great book if you want to know about Messi's biographic information. This book is a must read for all Messi fans!

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12 June 13
Awesome !! Brilliant !!

Each and every Messi and Barcelona fan must read this awesome book. What a wonderful book this is. Words aren't enough to say about this book.

Messi is the wolrd's best footballer. He won 4 ballon d 'or straight in a rows in 2009,2010,2011 and 2012. Messi just have a dream more. That to win FIFA World Cup for Argentina!! This book is very useful for everybody who wants Messi to fulfill his last dream.
As 2014 World Cup in Brasil approaches near, this would be Messi's last or second World Cup. So I hope he fulfills his last and final dream!!

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