Widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, six-time Ballon d’Or and Golden Shoe winner, Lionel Messi, holds the record as FC Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, for the most games played for the Catalan club, the most titles won and most assists provided. Adored by the Barça fans Messi reigned supreme until August 2021, when he made a tearful farewell to a stunned global audience.
Messi: The King of Camp Nou is the definitive story of his entire 17-year Barça career, written by Jason Pettigrove, a football journalist who spent several years working for FC Barcelona during Messi’s final years in Catalonia.
Charting Messi’s rise as a hopeful 13-year-old Argentinian boy from Rosario to becoming the best footballer in the world, Pettigrove’s comprehensively researched book includes interviews with key individuals in Messi’s story: his teammates, opponents, managers, agents and fellow journalists.
From being signed by Barça on a restaurant napkin to Champions League glory and to becoming FC Barcelona captain, Messi: The King of Camp Nou reveals the inside story, of Lionel Messi’s remarkable reign at Barça and how he, season-on-season, mesmerised the football world.
Jason Pettigrove is a football journalist and broadcaster, specialising in La Liga and the UEFA club competitions. He is author of Huddy - The Official Biography of Alan Hudson (St. David’s Press, 2017).