Lionel Messi is a mesmerising talent who has continued to astound the world of football ever since assuming his role at the heart of a star-studded Barcelona side in 2004. Overcoming a career-threatening growth hormone deficiency, he has won almost everything there is to win, including an unprecedented four FIFA Ballons d’Or. Luca Caioli draws on numerous exclusive testimonies to tell Messi’s story, including his parents and extended family, his coaches, those who have played alongside him and even Messi himself. Messi is a revealing portrait of football’s most unassuming superstar, updated to include the dramatic 2013/14 season and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in which his match-winning performances finally began to win over his harshest critics – his fellow countrymen.
Having risen to the top of the game more than a decade ago, Lionel Messi has matured into the perfect team player, as likely to provide a superlative assist as a masterful match-winner. As the star of an exceptional Barcelona team, he has won more silverware than most football clubs. Messi is Luca Caioli’s classic portrait of a footballing icon, now fully updated to include all the action from 2016/17. Featuring exclusive testimony from those who know him best, including coaches, teammates and even Messi himself, it offers an unrivalled behind-the-scenes look at the career of a sporting giant.
Neymar is the youngest Brazilian ever to reach 35 international goals and time is on his side as he closes in on Pelé’s long-standing record of 77. The Barcelona wünderkind has already scored more times for Brazil by the age of 22 than Rivaldo or Jairzinho did in their entire careers. Luca Caioli, author of bestselling biographies of Messi and Ronaldo, looks back on Neymar’s unstoppable rise with exclusive private access to his friends and family, coaches, teammates and adoring fans. Updated to include his headline-grabbing World Cup performances and the fallout from Brazil's spectacular collapse in his injury-enforced absence, Neymar is the inside story of football’s newest star.
Cristiano Ronaldo is known throughout the world for his devastating ability and his carefully crafted image. A two-time Ballon d’Or winner with his own fashion label, he is every inch the modern superstar, but behind the glamour lies one of the most dedicated athletes the sport has ever known. Luca Caioli, author of the bestselling Messi, tells the inside story of the Real Madrid star whose determination has driven him to the very top of his game, featuring insights from those who know him best: coaches, teammates, girlfriends and even the man himself. Updated to include all the action from his hugely successful 2013/14 campaign, Ronaldo offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at one of football’s all-time greats.
The Unstoppable Rise of Barcelona's Brazilian Superstar
Author: Luca Caioli
Publisher: Icon Books
Category: Sports & Recreation
Having long been hailed as a future star of world soccer, Neymar has thrived under the pressure of expectation. Already well on his way to becoming Brazil’s all-time top scorer and a leading light in one of the greatest Barcelona teams in history, his legacy is already taking shape. Updated to include all the action from the 2016/17 season and drawing on exclusive interviews with those who have known and worked with him, Neymar paints a compelling picture of the life and career of a global superstar.
For years, the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona has defined top-level European football. At its heart: a personal battle – Messi vs Ronaldo. Since they were first pitted against each other in 2007, the two men’s domination of the record books has been unparalleled. Their styles, personalities and footballing allegiances continue to divide opinion but one thing is beyond doubt: this is football’s greatest ever head-to-head. In this new edition of Messi vs Ronaldo, updated to include all the action from 2016/17, Luca Caioli draws on the exclusive testimonies of managers, teammates, friends and family to tell the inside story of this momentous rivalry.
A three-time winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or, Cristiano Ronaldo’s status as a footballing superstar is unquestionable. His insatiable desire to succeed and to improve himself year-after-year has seen him win almost everything there is to win in the game, including his first international silverware: a Euro 2016 winner’s medal. Here, Madrid-based journalist Luca Caioli tells the inside story of the global superstar, featuring insights from those who know him best: coaches, teammates, girlfriends and even the man himself. Updated to include all the action from the 2016/17 season, the year after he claimed his third Champions League winner’s medal and became the tournament’s all-time top goalscorer. Ronaldo lays bare the career of a modern footballing icon.
The Extraordinary Story Behind Football's Most Explosive Talent
Author: Luca Caioli
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Category: Sports & Recreation
Luis Suárez is one of the most brilliant and controversial players in world football. Signed by Barcelona in 2014 despite a lengthy ban for biting an opponent, he quickly became a central figure in their sensational treble-winning campaign, setting the seal on it with the decisive goal in the Champions League final. However, a history of violent on-pitch incidents has left supporters wondering whether the maverick centre forward can ever completely conquer his demons. This updated biography, featuring exclusive interviews with those who have known and worked with him, offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at the life and career of one of football’s most enigmatic stars.
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MESSI AND RONALDO A dynamic and commanding presence both on and off the pitch, Paul Pogba is rarely out of the public eye. But did you know that Barcelona came close to sealing a deal for the midfielder a year before he returned to Manchester United? Or that he first performed his famous ‘Dab’ celebration in December 2015, after scoring against Carpi in Serie A? Or that, as a child, Pogba chose to go by the nickname ‘The Pickaxe’? Find out about all this and more in Luca Caioli and Cyril Collot’s tirelessly researched biography, featuring exclusive interviews with those who know him best. Includes all the action from the 2017/18 season and the 2018 World Cup