In 22 short essays, Punti explores the beauty, the hunger, the genius and the obsession of Messi - he takes us from the near-mythical scenery of a South American footballing youth, where the world is "an infinite football pitch", to the glory and the struggle of a life on the international stage.
"Reading this playful portrait of Leo Messi reminded me how extraordinary every minute was that I spent by his side." PEP GUARDIOLASHORTLISTED FOR THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEARIn 22 short chapters, acclaimed Catalan writer Jordi Punti explores the beauty, the genius and the obsession of Lionel Messi. He takes us from the near-mythical scenery of a South American footballing youth to the glory and the struggle of a life on the international stage, capturing along the way our enduring desire to relive our experience of the beautiful game."Jordi Punti s stunning tribute to Lionel Messi will captivate football aficionados as well as fans of fine writing." Ian Sansom, Spectator"This is brilliant - I ve been telling everyone about this book." Simon Critchley, author of What We Think About When We Think About Football"There s nobody better to write this book - which doesn t aim to explain Messi but to enjoy him A joyous read. Simon Kuper, co-author of Soccernomics"An eloquent celebration that can remind us of the thrill of a close encounter with a player whose skills have often led him to be described as 'alien'. David Horspool, Times Literary Supplement