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on 7 June 2014
I bought this book to read on holiday. I'm a big fan of Messi on the pitch - not only his incredible talent but the way he conducts himself. No diving, no histrionics - that's what makes him the best for me. Ronaldo for example doesn't always set a great example with his conduct on the pitch.

I knew Guillem Balague from his excellent punditry on the Sky Sports coverage of Spanish football but hadn't read his work as a journalist/author before. He expertly chronicles the story of Messi from a young age to the World's best footballer. It is clear Balague did incredible research and conducted many interviews to build the full picture of Messi's life with his family and as a footballer. The book is fantastically written and as much of a pleasure to read as it is to watch this incredible talent on the place he calls home - the football pitch. A must read for any fan of the wonderful game.
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on 30 November 2016
Did this book in 2 separate attempts. Balague does some meticulous research and you feel that he is afraid not waste a quote/interview. That said it was worth persevering through some of the early chapters to the best parts of the book which were Messi's relationship with Guardiola and how the most successful Barca team depended on that and also his troubles with the Argentine national team. Heavy going at over 640 pages but worth it in the end.
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on 14 January 2016
Spelling mistake on the first page! The whole book is littered with them, Guillem you need a better sub editor!

The book is also rather long and meandering. You soon get bored of constant quotes from people talking about the first time they saw Messi play and how it took their breath away.

I feel bad being so critical of this book - the author is an outstanding journalist with superb contacts and there's a lot of research in this book. I have read his book on Ronaldo which is far, far better.
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on 29 December 2016
this is brilliant easily the best sports biography i've ever read. The insight you get into Messi's early life is amazing and my favorite part of the book. Recommend it to any football fan young or old, and the same thing goes for the Ronaldo biography by Guillem as well, but if you had to choose one this is the better one far more expansive.
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on 30 January 2014
I really enjoyed this biography - much better than the normal cut and paste jobs that are the norm of sports biographies. Although Messi seems to be everywhere in the football press and high level advertising, there is much untold in his story and this book goes into lots of details on his background. The story is, of course, still unfolding but I would recommend this as the best version of Messi's story that I have read so far.
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on 17 December 2016
My son is a huge football fan and he loved this book
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on 5 January 2018
I love Guillem Balague and Messi
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on 11 November 2014
Purchased as present for my Barca mad son. Looks o.k. to me but the proof in the pudding will be when he opens it at Christmas.
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on 17 March 2018
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on 1 April 2017
Great read
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