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  • Copyright: 2012-03-20
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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.

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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 Cuccittinip. 1
Garibaldi Hospital: 24 June 1987p. 9
The smallest of them all: A summer afternoon in 1992p. 17
The same as always: Conversation with Cintia Arellanop. 25
Red and black: 21 March 1994p. 29
He was a Gardel: Conversation with Adrián Coriap. 37
Size: small: 31 January 1997p. 41
International star in a small town: Conversation with Mariano Bereznichi, La Capital journalistp. 47
Across the pond: 17 September 2000p. 51
Latigazo: Conversation with Fernando 'Chiche' Niembro, Fox TV commentatorp. 59
Provisional licence: 6 March 2001p. 63
Puyol's mask: Conversation with Álex Garcíap. 69
Debut: 16 November 2003p. 73
Home-grown: Conversation with Cristina Cubero, Mundo Deportivo (Sports World) journalistp. 79
Videotape: 29June 2004p. 83
The football is his toy: Conversation with Francisco 'Pancho' Ferrarop. 93
A friend: Conversation with Pablo Zabaletap. 97
Soap opera: 3 October 2005p. 101
A breath of fresh air: Conversation with Fernando Solanas, Head of Sports Marketing at Adidas Iberiap. 111
Boy of the match: 22 February 2006p. 115
Supersonic aesthetic: Conversation with Santiago Segurola, Marca journalistp. 123
Difficult, very difficult: Conversation with Asier del Homop. 127
Not even a single minute: 30 June 2006p. 131
Positive discrimination: Conversation with Jorge Valdanop. 143
The devil: 10 March 2007p. 147
Jaw-dropping: Conversation with Gianluca Zambrottap. 155
Leo and Diego: 18 April 2007p. 159
A long career ahead of him: Conversation with Frank Rijkaardp. 175
You have to prove it: Conversation with Carlos Salvador Bilardop. 179
Disappointment: 15 July 2007p. 183
An electric kid: Conversation with Alfio 'El Coco' Basilep. 189
Bronze and silver: 17 December 2007p. 193
Physical thinking: Conversation with Roberto Perfumo, 'El Mariscal'p. 201
The long journey towards gold: 22 May 2008p. 205
Happiness: 27 May 2009p. 223
Third time lucky: 1, 19 and 21 December 2009p. 241
Floods of tears: 3 July 2010p. 255
Surprise: 10 January 2011p. 269
Simply the best: 28 May 2011p. 279
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