Caioli investigates the origin of “the boy who became a legend”, his relationships with his family, the coaches, and the doctors who treated his growth disorder. There is even a chapter in which Caioli interviews ‘the little maestro’ himself.
Caioli’s research is flawless as he converses with Leo’s mother Celia, his coaches at Grandoli and Newell’s Old Boys’, about the pre-teenage Messi.
Also interviewed for the biography include the former Barcelona coach fellow Frank Rijkaard, fellow Blaugrana (the Catalonian for ‘red-blue’, which is the Barcelona team’s nickname), team mates Gianluca Zambrotta, Jorge Valdano and many well-known Argentinian players, and Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta and ex-Chelsea defender Asier del Horno.
Each of these interviews, along with Caioli’s own research from the Camp Nou authorities, contributes to explaining Messi’s difficulties in moving countries, his struggle to be selected for the Argentina football team, his own extreme shyness, and his growth and development hindrances. Along with his charismatic and innocent charm, passion, artiness and very much fiery style of play, his overwhelming humility is highlighted in lieu of his phenomenal success.
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