'I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi' Diego Maradona Despite all the fame and adulation, remarkably little is known about Lionel Messi, the modest and intensely private footballing genius. Just how did the boy from Rosario, Argentina, become the world's greatest player? Guillem Balague has had unprecedented access to Messi's inner circle: his coaches, team-mates and family. In addition, Pep Guardiola has provided exclusive analysis of the player. The result is an authoritative and compelling account of the wonderful mystery that is Messi. 'I can tell my grandkids one day that I coached Lionel Messi' Pep Guardiola
The story of one of the greatest footballers of all time, Barcelona and Argentina's Lionel Messi. Updated to include the 2013-14 season and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Guillem Balague is a key fixture in Sky Sports' coverage of Spanish football, appearing regularly both on live match coverage and on the weekly round-up show, REVISTA DE LA LIGA. He is also the UK correspondent for AS, the Madrid-based Spanish sports newspaper, and EL LARGUERO, Spain's most popular sports radio show, attracting some 1.5 million listeners. His work appears regularly in THE TIMES and in CHAMPIONS magazine, where he writes a regular column on international football. He also wrote the bestselling A SEASON ON THE BRINK, an insider's account of Liverpool's 2004-05 Champions League-winning campaign, updated later with the 2006 FA Cup victory, and PEP GUARDIOLA, the definitive account of the record-breaking manager.