Messi: Lessons in Style (Hardback)Jordi Punti (author)
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Shortlisted for The Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2019
'Reading this playful portrait of Leo Messi reminded me how extraordinary every minute was that I spent by his side.' - Pep Guardiola
Since landing in the FC Barcelona youth academy at the age of thirteen, Lionel Messi has demonstrated an innate and awe-inspiring talent for football - in the process creating a sort of poetry in the game.
For so many fans around the globe, watching Messi play has brought great happiness - to nobody more than Catalan writer and pundit Jordi Punti.
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.
Publisher: Short Books Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 204 x 133 mm
'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
'Punti is one of the greatest Catalan writers and with this book he is at the height of his talents.' - El Pais
'A portrait of Messi that captures his greatness.' - Revista Detour
'A spellbinding, joyous, intoxicating ode to Lionel Messi.' - Ray Hudson, La Liga commentator