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
You may know a lot of the Messi legend already, but his is still a fascinating backstory.There's certainly some interesting insight and information...particularly Balague's understanding of Argentinian politics, culture and mores. ...The book glows with extended testimonies from those who ever coached or mentored Messi.The story of one of the greatest footballers of all time, Barcelona and Argentina's Lionel Messi. Updated to include the 2013-14 season and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Guillem Balague is a key fixture in Sky Sports' coverage of Spanish football, appearing regularly both on live match coverage and on the weekly round-up show, Revista de La Liga. He is also the UK Correspondent for AS, the Madrid-based Spanish sports newspaper and El Larguero, Spain's most popular sports radio show, attracting some 1.5 million listeners. His work appears regularly in The Times and in Champions magazine, where he writes a regular column on international football.
He also wrote the bestselling "A Season on the Brink", an insider's account of Liverpool's 2004-05 Champions' League winning campaign, updated later with the 2006 FA Cup victory.
He has written or worked for The Observer, Talk Sport, BBC, Onda Cero radio, 442 and World Soccer.
Guillem has most recently interviewed the following personalities: Samuel Etoo, David Villa, David Beckham, Raul, Xavi, Iniesta, Van Nistelrooy, Robben, Frank Lampard, Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher, Kenny Dalglish, Fernando Torres, Mikel Arteta, Frank Rijkaard, Gianluca Vialli, David Moyes, Xabi Alonso, Harry Redknapp, Mark Hughes, Alex McLeish, Roy Hodgson, Gilberto Silva, Steve McClaren, Alan Curbishley, Nico Kranjcar, plus a host of other influential figures in the game.
Already regarded as a football superstar, equal in skill to Pele and Maradona, Messi is the world's highest paid footballer, while Guillem is a highly-respected sports author and journalist with 543,233 followers on Twitter.Messi plays for one of the most famous, and best, football clubs in the world: FC Barcelona.The 2014 World Cup in Brazil should be the perfect platform to seal his international reputation in history - and he will still be only 26 years old.PEP GUARDIOLA was shortlisted for the FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD at the BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS in 2013.The hardback has sold 14,000 copies and the export trade paperback 10,000.