Top critical review
Cliche Warning, ( Flawed Genius)
25 August 2018
I enjoyed this book to an extent, it is way above most footballer's Biographies or Autobiographies it's very detailed on most aspects of the life of Socrates. His footballing genius, his love life, his short lived musical career and ultimately his later failure to pursue his medical career.
The 1982 world cup features heavily here, and I think Socrates downplayed the failure of Brazil in the tournament, it was one of the best world cup games I have ever seen, and most people say that this was the best Brazil team never to win the world cup.
Socrates missed out on the mega millions paid out to today's overpaid "stars", and one wonders how much he himself would be worth in today's over inflated football market place.
Ultimately Socrates seemed to never find true happiness, dropping friends, family and lovers at the drop of a hat and appeared to be on self destruct mode most of the time, with his heavy drinking and smoking and poor diet.
A decent book about a very intelligent footballer who seemed not to care whether he lived or died, he definitely burned the candle at both ends.