Lionel Messi and the Art of Living is a bold, insightful and unique examination of a world famous sporting hero from an entirely new perspective, providing a context extending far beyond the football field. Although the details of Messi’s story are already well known, this book studies afresh and anew his glorious triumphs and his desperate failures, his ongoing evolution and his endless struggle to succeed. It encourages us to analyze and think about his career from a different viewpoint, revealing how his journey can be related to our own lives on a meaningful and impactful level. Containing extensive and illuminating exclusive interviews with deep thinkers and high achievers from a number of fields, this book delivers a vibrant and inspiring approach to a global icon. You will never look at Lionel Messi—or life—in the same way again. ANDY WEST has been writing professionally about soccer for 20 years, working in a number of different roles for the likes of Reading FC, Manchester City and the Football Association. Since 2012 he has been covering Spanish football for a variety of international media outlets, such as BBC Sport. “Leo is a generous and humble guy.” PABLO ZABALETA “He’s the greatest player in the history of the game.” BRENDAN RODGERS
In this fact-filled biography, readers learn about the career of World Cup soccer start Lionel Messi, from his childhood and early sports endeavors to his establishment as a living legend, including all the trials and triumphs along the way.
Roberto Saviano is best known for his work on the Italian mafia, but Beauty and the Inferno, winner of the European Book Award 2010, also tackles universal themes with great insight and humanity, with urgency, and often with anger. This important collection includes essays across a remarkably wide field of interests, celebrating personal heroes as diverse as Frank Miller and Lionel Messi. However as with the bestselling Gomorrah, his fearless and unflinching condemnation of the mafia takes centre stage. Implicit in Saviano's tributes to writers, musicians, sportsmen and journalists is the message that there is an alternative to living in corruption and fear. Beauty and the Inferno is a searing polemic that encompasses Saviano's vision of life and of art, of the good to be found in humanity and the evil inherent in power. His commitment to truth resonates from every page.