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"After reading Messi, Leonardo Faccio's exceedingly well-written, captivating, and almost poetic biography of arguably the best soccer player the world has ever known, I can tell you what Lionel Messi would be doing if he didn't play soccer: Nothing."
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"I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi."
—Diego Maradona

About the Author

Leonardo Faccio was born in Buenos Aires in 1971. He has spent the last ten years living in Barcelona, where he writes for various publications, including El Periodico and Etiqueta Negra, and received an honorable mention from the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Iberoamerican Foundation for New Journalism. He was not a fan of soccer until he first learned of Lionel Messi.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345802691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345802699
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Stewart on May 31, 2013
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Lionel Messi is known as one of the best soccer players that the world has ever seen. I chose to read this book because I wanted to see how Messi started from the bottom and then ended up as the best soccer player in the world. This book was very interesting to me, I enjoyed reading it and learning about Messi's background.
This book, talks about how Messi overcame his challenges and how he became one of the best soccer players of all time.

Messi's success was no accident; one of the main themes in this book is "hard work and dedication lead to success." As a kid he wasn't looked at as a prodigy, but "Two decades later, that kid whom everyone remembered for his slowness is now number one" (74). As a kid Messi was remembered for his slowness and laziness but hard work and dedication has made him the best player in the world. Messi works hard to be the best he can be. He works on his mistakes and no matter how good he plays he knows that he can improve. He works hard for his team and he does whatever it takes to win. Messi always gives constructive criticism to his teammates, which helps the players around him become better too.

Throughout the book, the term "goal" was used several different times and the meaning of it was refined over the course of the text. Its first use was when "Messi's subtle goal didn't do it for the director." Messi was being filmed for a commercial and had to score in a certain way. Its second use was "Messi is a sweaty laborer who earns his keep by scoring goals." Faccio was implying that Messi is a hard worker who makes a living off of scoring. The third time the term "goal" was used over the course of the text is when "His goal was to make the Argentina National team." Messi wanted to play soccer for Argentina and represent his nation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By McGruff on January 1, 2013
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I ordered this for my 12-year-old who needed to read a bio for a class (he's an avid soccer fan). He's only about a third into it and feels that it is not great. There are facts, but not strung together well. ("Mom, this is not well-written at all" was his review). Just his opinion...maybe someone else would differ and really like it....
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By Jill M Guinta on February 23, 2014
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I feel like this book went on for to long. You could of shortened the book by a couple of chapters. Over all it was a decent book, but it never grabbed my attention like other books I have read.
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By christina a derme on December 29, 2013
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he is my hero thanks to this author he explains his story so well and his life is so inspiring.
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By Tiffany Hicks on April 18, 2013
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I think this book is has great facts about Leo Messi`s life. I enjoyed reading it for a 4th grade report.
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By Rachel Boyle on October 21, 2013
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i would highly recommend this book. it was well written and provided a complete picture of Messi's life from childhood till now
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