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Informative, Insightful & Definitive
on 7 January 2014
It's a big book at well over 600 pages (and on top of the words there are dozens of great colour photos as well), but then it's dealing with a big subject. It postulates the idea that Messi may well be the greatest footballer of all time. Even an old man like me who watched Pele from his emergence in the 1958 World Cup as a seventeen-year-old is persuaded by this book that this is more than a credible assertion. As you might expect from Guillem Balague this is no half-baked attempt to tell the Messi story which we all hope is far from finished. Guillem is a son of Catalunia and even though his own club is Espanyol, he knows and intimately understands how things work with Barcelona FC of which Messi is such an integral cog. Of course he already had such a good background feel for his subject In this book having reported on Spanish football for many years both for Skysports and for AS the Spanish daily newspaper and having just written the Pep Guardiola story as well. With his contacts and his in-depth research both in Europe and in Argentina he gets to the heart of why and how Lionel Messi has become such a great player. Whilst this book doesn't claim to be an authorised biography (there isn't one!) it has been written with the approval and full cooperation of Lionel and his family.
It's a great read and I thoroughly recommend it.