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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, Messiis a brilliant, insightful and revealing portrait of football's most exciting player and a must-read for all true fans of the game.
Messi is a revealing portrait of modem football's most exciting player. Updated to include the 2011 Champions League final, when everyone, including the opposition, acknowledged the unique genius .of Barcelona, with Messi its outstanding star.
Table of Contents
|Rosario: Conversation with Celia and Marcela Cuccittini||p. 1|
|Garibaldi Hospital: 24 June 1987||p. 9|
|The smallest of them all: A summer afternoon in 1992||p. 17|
|The same as always: Conversation with Cintia Arellano||p. 25|
|Red and black: 21 March 1994||p. 29|
|He was a Gardel: Conversation with Adrián Coria||p. 37|
|Size: small: 31 January 1997||p. 41|
|International star in a small town: Conversation with Mariano Bereznichi, La Capital journalist||p. 47|
|Across the pond: 17 September 2000||p. 51|
|Latigazo: Conversation with Fernando 'Chiche' Niembro, Fox TV commentator||p. 59|
|Provisional licence: 6 March 2001||p. 63|
|Puyol's mask: Conversation with Álex García||p. 69|
|Debut: 16 November 2003||p. 73|
|Home-grown: Conversation with Cristina Cubero, Mundo Deportivo (Sports World) journalist||p. 79|
|Videotape: 29June 2004||p. 83|
|The football is his toy: Conversation with Francisco 'Pancho' Ferraro||p. 93|
|A friend: Conversation with Pablo Zabaleta||p. 97|
|Soap opera: 3 October 2005||p. 101|
|A breath of fresh air: Conversation with Fernando Solanas, Head of Sports Marketing at Adidas Iberia||p. 111|
|Boy of the match: 22 February 2006||p. 115|
|Supersonic aesthetic: Conversation with Santiago Segurola, Marca journalist||p. 123|
|Difficult, very difficult: Conversation with Asier del Homo||p. 127|
|Not even a single minute: 30 June 2006||p. 131|
|Positive discrimination: Conversation with Jorge Valdano||p. 143|
|The devil: 10 March 2007||p. 147|
|Jaw-dropping: Conversation with Gianluca Zambrotta||p. 155|
|Leo and Diego: 18 April 2007||p. 159|
|A long career ahead of him: Conversation with Frank Rijkaard||p. 175|
|You have to prove it: Conversation with Carlos Salvador Bilardo||p. 179|
|Disappointment: 15 July 2007||p. 183|
|An electric kid: Conversation with Alfio 'El Coco' Basile||p. 189|
|Bronze and silver: 17 December 2007||p. 193|
|Physical thinking: Conversation with Roberto Perfumo, 'El Mariscal'||p. 201|
|The long journey towards gold: 22 May 2008||p. 205|
|Happiness: 27 May 2009||p. 223|
|Third time lucky: 1, 19 and 21 December 2009||p. 241|
|Floods of tears: 3 July 2010||p. 255|
|Surprise: 10 January 2011||p. 269|
|Simply the best: 28 May 2011||p. 279|
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