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Cristiano and Leo: The Race to Become the Greatest Football Player of All Time

Thursday 09/August/2018 - 08:41 AM
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Edited by: Yara Sameh

'Burns is incapable of writing a boring sentence' Irish Times Who's better: Ronaldo or Messi? Ask any football fan and they'll have an opinion. For the best part of the last decade football has seen a personal rivalry unlike any seen before. Cristiano and Leo.

This is their definitive story، from children kicking a ball halfway around the world from each other to their era-defining battle to be number one. One the preening adonis، a precision physical machine who blows teams away with his pace and power. The other a shuffling genius، able to do things with a football that seem other-worldly. Their differences seem to tap into something fundamental about football and indeed life. Between them they have scored over a thousand goals، won the Ballon d'Or nine times and redefined modern football. For the past eight seasons they have shared the accolade of best footballer in the world and arguments rage over which one deserves the title of greatest player of all time.

Cristiano and Leo by Spanish and South American football expert and journalist Jimmy Burns is the essential book to understand the defining players of a generation.

Hardcover: 368 pages
Author: Jimmy Burns
Publisher: Macmillan (May 29، 2018)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches

About the Author
Born in Madrid، Jimmy Burns studied in London and Lancashire، worked in Portugal، Spain and Buenos Aires and is an award winning journalist and author، who wrote the internationally acclaimed Hand of God: A Biography of Diego Maradona، La Roja، Barca and When Beckham Went to Spain. He is married، and has two daughters. His favourite hobbies - apart from watching a good football match or playing football on the beach - include tennis، walking، and practicing yoga.


Editorial Reviews

Praise for Barcelona: A People's Passion: Burns' strength lies not just in his compulsive، well-told story of the club's evolution، but his notable grasp of Catalan history. -- Sunday Times

The verve with which Burns writes about the power politics and rich supporting characters like Florentino and Ferguson makes it a captivating read. -- Richard Fitzpatrick، author of El Clasico:

Barcelona v Real Madrid، Football's Greatest Rivalry A thoroughly researched dual biography by the great Jimmy Burns -- Simon Kuper، author of The Football Men

In an environment hacked into endless interconnected webs of divide — class، race، region، language، natural resources، the list goes on — one debate seems to preclude all others: Messi، or Ronaldo? Burns concedes that comparisons are “futile”. He instead، seeks to etch out some context for their individual and simultaneous existences. When perspective in discourse is in short supply، Burns adds some much-needed grounding. The simplest tropes utilised in juxtapositions of the two are of the archetypal sedulous (Ronaldo) and the ever-intrinsically super-able (Messi). While Burns doesn’t go out of his way to demolish what are arguably lazy simplifications، his superlative reportage does go some way towards providing two origin stories. -- thehindu

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