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.
Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo have risen from humble beginnings in Argentina, Brazil and Portugal to rank among the most exciting talents football has ever seen. Now Luca Caioli, author of biographies of Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar, asks: ‘Who is the greatest of them all?’ Comparing their contrasting styles, stories, records and awards, he gives you everything you need to decide who comes out on top. With exclusive insights from their friends, families, teammates and managers, Caioli presents a unique insight into what makes a modern player not just successful, but truly great.
In 2009 Real Madrid paid £80m, a then record fee, to sign a ready-made superstar in an effort to keep pace with a Barcelona side that had won it all. In doing so, they sparked a rivalry like no other; Messi vs Ronaldo. The seasons that have followed have been truly spectacular, the battle for supremacy increasing in profile and intensity all the while. Their styles, personalities and footballing allegiances continue to divide opinion, but their dominance of the record books has now put one claim beyond debate - this is football's greatest ever head-to-head. Acclaimed football writer Luca Caioli draws on invaluable testimonies from those closest to the two stars, with exclusive insights from friends, families, teammates and managers, to tell the inside story of this fascinating rivalry.
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF RONALDO AND NEYMAR Prolific, cool-headed and unerringly consistent, Lionel Messi is one of the most revered footballers in history. But did you know that his transfer to Barcelona was first agreed on a paper napkin? Or that an x-ray of his hand was to thank for identifying his growth hormone deficiency? And do you know why he refused to collect his first ever Champions League winner’s medal? Find out all this and more in Luca Caioli’s classic portrait of a footballing icon, featuring exclusive interviews with those who know him best and even Messi himself. Includes all the action from the 2017/18 season and the 2018 World Cup
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MESSI , RONALDO AND NEYMAR The world’s greatest players, head to head. Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo have risen from humble beginnings in Argentina, Brazil and Portugal to rank among the most exciting talents football has ever seen. Now, Luca Caioli, author of bestselling individual biographies of each player, asks: ‘Who is the greatest’? Comparing their contrasting styles, stories, records and awards, he gives you everything you need to decide who comes out top. With exclusive insights from their friends, families, teammates and managers, Caioli presents a unique insight into what makes a modern player not just successful, but truly great. Includes all the action from the 2017/18 season and the 2018 World Cup
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MBAPPÉ AND MESSI, NEYMAR, RONALDO For years, a personal battle has defined top-level European football – Messi vs Ronaldo. A rivalry like no other. Since they were first pitted against each other in 2007, the two men’s domination of the record books has been unparalleled. They continue to divide opinion but one thing is beyond doubt: this is football’s greatest ever head-to-head. Luca Caioli draws on the exclusive testimonies of managers, teammates, friends and family to tell the inside story of this momentous rivalry. Includes all the action from the 2017/18 season and the 2018 World Cup
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 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.
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.