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Messi: The Inside Story Of The Boy Who Became A Legendadds to Luca Caiolis growing list of biographies about some of the titans of world soccer. It brings to life the story of Lionel "Leo" Messi, a 24-year-old Argentine, already counted as one among the greatest footballers of all time. Messi has been the only footballer in two decades to match up to, and perhaps even transcend, the standards set by his compatriot and legendary footballer, Diego Maradona. In fact, Maradona himself pronounced Messi his successor. With his sheer talent and continued brilliance on the football field, Messi would not be undeserving of the mantle of the greatest football player in the world. The book is divided into 39 chapters, beginning with the events surrounding his birth and ending with the 2011 Champions League Final. The biographical account begins with the authors conversation with Celia Cuccittini, Messis mother. Subsequent chapters offer interesting insights into the highlights of Messis life - events surrounding his birth, his first brush with football, his growth hormone deficiency, his trip to Spain, his official debut for Barcelona, and many more. Through a series of gripping conversations, the book reveals the identity of various people - family, friends, coaches, journalists, fellow players, and others - all of whom have been instrumental in shaping Messis journey from being an ordinary boy to an extraordinary legend. It features interviews with people like Alex Garcia, Jorge Valdano, Gianluca Zambrotta, Frank Rijkaard, Asier del Horno, and Pablo Zabaleta, who have interacted closely with Messi at some point of time or another. The book ends with highlights from the authors interesting conversation with Messi himself. The authors rendering of Messis life invites the readers to quench their curiosity about the legend that is Lionel Messi. This edition of the book was published in 2012 by Corinthian Books. About Luca Caioli Luca Caioli is an Italian sports journalist and bestselling author who has crafted biographies of several famous footballers. His books include Ronaldo: The Obsession For Perfection and Torres: An Intimate Portrait Of The Kid Who Became King. Caiolis journalistic career has spanned over three decades, and covered print media, television, and radio. His reputation soared with his work for ITV, Britain. He followed it up with a stint as the Chief Editor of Euronews, France. Caioli is now a correspondent for SKY Italia in Madrid, Spain. His interests are diverse and include philosophy, gastronomy, and travel.
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