Luca Caioli - Author

About the Author

Luca Caioli is the bestselling author of Messi, Ronaldo and Torres. A renowned Italian sports journalist, he lives in Spain corresponding for SKY Italia and Corriere della Sera.

Featured books by Luca Caioli

Neymar The Making of the World's Greatest New Number 10

Neymar The Making of the World's Greatest New Number 10

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

The proud custodian of Brazil's illustrious number 10, in the summer of 2014 Neymar has the chance that eluded the likes of Pele, Zico and Ronaldinho before him - to wear the iconic shirt in a World Cup on home soil. It promises to be the ultimate showcase for his flair and finishing. Aged just 22, it is the only major tournament he has yet to compete in. He became the poster boy for Brazilian club side Santos while still a teenager, starring as they enjoyed domestic success and lifted South America's Copa Libertadores for the first time since Pele's days at the club. A 57 million euro move to Barcelona followed as he teamed up with Leo Messi, forming one of the most fearsome partnerships in football's history. Luca Caioli, author of bestselling biographies of Messi and Ronaldo, looks back on Neymar's unstoppable rise with exclusive private access to his friends and family, coaches, teammates and adoring fans.

Other books by Luca Caioli

Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo - 2019 Updated Edition Head to Head with the World's Greatest Players

Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo - 2019 Updated Edition Head to Head with the World's Greatest Players

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo have risen from humble beginnings in Argentina, Brazil and Portugal to rank among the most exciting talents football has ever seen. In this fully updated edition, Luca Caioli asks: `Who is the greatest?' Comparing their contrasting styles, stories, records and awards, he gives you everything you need to decide who comes out on top. With exclusive insights from their friends, families, teammates and managers, Caioli presents a unique insight into what makes a modern player not just successful, but truly great.

Ronaldo - 2019 Updated Edition The Obsession For Perfection

Ronaldo - 2019 Updated Edition The Obsession For Perfection

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

A three-time winner of the FIFA Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo's status as a footballing superstar is unquestionable. His insatiable desire to succeed and to improve himself year-after-year has seen him win almost everything there is to win in the game, including his first international silverware: a Euro 2016 winner's medal. Here, Madrid-based journalist Luca Caioli tells the inside story of the global superstar, featuring insights from those who know him best: coaches, teammates, girlfriends and even the man himself. Updated to include all the action from the 2017/18 season, the year after he claimed his third Champions League winner's medal and became the tournament's all-time top goalscorer, Ronaldo lays bare the career of a modern footballing icon.

Griezmann - 2019 Updated Edition The Making of France's Mini Maestro

Griezmann - 2019 Updated Edition The Making of France's Mini Maestro

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Quick, incisive and versatile, Antoine Griezmann is the ultimate modern forward. Arriving in 2014 to join an Atletico Madrid side persistently challenging for the biggest trophies in Spanish and European football, he quickly established himself as the team's key player and main goal threat. A Super Cup win over city rivals Real Madrid was just the start but an inspired tilt at the Champions League the following season ended in heartbreak - as did a Euro 2016 campaign in which his performances for France saw him named player of the tournament. In this first biography of the Atleti and France star, Madrid-based journalist Luca Caioli examines the story behind Griezmann's rise to the top. Features exclusive interviews.

Mbappe

Mbappe

Author: Luca Caioli, Cyril Collot Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Kylian Mbappe's meteoric rise to footballing stardom has been one of the major talking points of recent seasons. Having only made his professional debut for Monaco in 2015, aged just sixteen, by summer 2017 he had already seen a GBP200m price tag placed on his head - one that Paris Saint-Germain were eager to meet. In his brief career to date he has broken records at a rate matched only by the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with many pundits tipping him to rival their legendary legacies in the years to come. In this first biography of the France and PSG star, Luca Caioli and Cyril Collot examine the story behind the game's latest superstar. Features exclusive interviews.

Pogba - 2019 Updated Edition The rise of Manchester United's Homecoming Hero

Pogba - 2019 Updated Edition The rise of Manchester United's Homecoming Hero

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

When Manchester United re-signed their former youth player Paul Pogba for a world record fee in the summer of 2016, they made a powerful statement. Together with the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it signalled their determination to attract the best players in the world to Old Trafford, despite three seasons of underachievement. In the four years since he had left the Reds, Pogba had blossomed into a midfielder of undoubted world class, his power and dynamism propelling Juventus to a host of club titles and the French national team to within a whisker of winning Euro 2016. With exclusive insights from those closest to the player, Luca Caioli's Pogba is an in-depth portrait of one of modern football's greatest talents.

Neymar - 2019 Updated Edition The Unstoppable Rise of Barcelona's Brazilian Superstar

Neymar - 2019 Updated Edition The Unstoppable Rise of Barcelona's Brazilian Superstar

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Having long been hailed as a future star of world soccer, Neymar has thrived under the pressure of expectation. Already well on his way to becoming Brazil's all-time top scorer and a leading light in one of the greatest Barcelona teams in history, his legacy is already taking shape. Updated to include all the action from the 2017/18 season and drawing on exclusive interviews with those who have known and worked with him, Neymar paints a compelling picture of the life and career of a global superstar.

Messi - 2019 Updated Edition More Than a Superstar

Messi - 2019 Updated Edition More Than a Superstar

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Having risen to the top of the game more than a decade ago, Lionel Messi has matured into the perfect team player, as likely to provide a superlative assist as a masterful match-winner. As the star of an exceptional Barcelona team, he has won more silverware than most football clubs. Messi is Luca Caioli's classic portrait of a footballing icon, now fully updated to include all the action from 2017/18. Featuring exclusive testimony from those who know him best, including coaches, teammates and even Messi himself, it offers an unrivalled behind-the-scenes look at the career of a sporting giant.

Messi vs Ronaldo 2018 The Greatest Rivalry

Messi vs Ronaldo 2018 The Greatest Rivalry

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/12/2017

For years, the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona has defined top-level European football. At its heart: a personal battle - Messi vs Ronaldo. Since they were first pitted against each other in 2007, the two men's domination of the record books has been unparalleled. Their styles, personalities and footballing allegiances continue to divide opinion but one thing is beyond doubt: this is football's greatest ever head-to-head. In this new edition of Messi vs Ronaldo, updated to include all the action from 2016/17, Luca Caioli draws on the exclusive testimonies of managers, teammates, friends and family to tell the inside story of this momentous rivalry.

Ronaldo - 2018 Updated Edition The Obsession For Perfection

Ronaldo - 2018 Updated Edition The Obsession For Perfection

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

A three-time winner of the FIFA Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo's status as a footballing superstar is unquestionable. His insatiable desire to succeed and to improve himself year-after-year has seen him win almost everything there is to win in the game, including his first international silverware: a Euro 2016 winner's medal. Here, Madrid-based journalist Luca Caioli tells the inside story of the global superstar, featuring insights from those who know him best: coaches, teammates, girlfriends and even the man himself. Updated to include all the action from the 2016/17 season, the year after he claimed his third Champions League winner's medal and became the tournament's all-time top goalscorer. Ronaldo lays bare the career of a modern footballing icon.

Pogba The rise of Manchester United's Homecoming Hero

Pogba The rise of Manchester United's Homecoming Hero

Author: Luca Caioli, Cyril Collot Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2017

When Manchester United re-signed their former youth player Paul Pogba for a world record fee in the summer of 2016, they made a powerful statement. Together with the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It signalled their determination to attract the best players in the world to Old Trafford, despite three seasons of underachievement. In the four years since he had left the Reds, Pogba had blossomed into a midfielder of undoubted world class, his power and dynamism propelling Juventus to a host of club titles and the French national team to within a whisker of winning Euro 2016. With exclusive insights from those closest to the player, Luca Caioli's Pogba is an in-depth portrait of one of modern football's greatest talents.

Griezmann The Making of France's Mini Maestro

Griezmann The Making of France's Mini Maestro

Author: Luca Caioli, Cyril Collot Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Quick, incisive and versatile, Antoine Griezmann is the ultimate modern forward. Arriving in 2014 to join an Atletico Madrid side persistently challenging for the biggest trophies in Spanish and European football, he quickly established himself as the team's key player and main goal threat. A Super Cup win over city rivals Real Madrid was just the start but an inspired tilt at the Champions League the following season ended in heartbreak - as did a Euro 2016 campaign in which his performances for France saw him named player of the tournament. In this first biography of the Atleti and France star, Madrid-based journalist Luca Caioli examines the story behind Griezmann's rise to the top. Features exclusive interviews.

Messi - 2018 Updated Edition More Than a Superstar

Messi - 2018 Updated Edition More Than a Superstar

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2017

Having risen to the top of the game more than a decade ago, Lionel Messi has matured into the perfect team player, as likely to provide a superlative assist as a masterful match-winner. As the star of an exceptional Barcelona team, he has won more silverware than most football clubs. Messi is Luca Caioli's classic portrait of a footballing icon, now fully updated to include all the action from 2016/17. Featuring exclusive testimony from those who know him best, including coaches, teammates and even Messi himself, it offers an unrivalled behind-the-scenes look at the career of a sporting giant.

Neymar - 2018 Updated Edition The Unstoppable Rise of Barcelona's Brazilian Superstar

Neymar - 2018 Updated Edition The Unstoppable Rise of Barcelona's Brazilian Superstar

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2017

Having long been hailed as a future star of world soccer, Neymar has thrived under the pressure of expectation. Already well on his way to becoming Brazil's all-time top scorer and a leading light in one of the greatest Barcelona teams in history, his legacy is already taking shape. Updated to include all the action from the 2016/17 season and drawing on exclusive interviews with those who have known and worked with him, Neymar paints a compelling picture of the life and career of a global superstar.

Messi vs. Ronaldo - 2017 Updated Edition The Greatest Rivalry

Messi vs. Ronaldo - 2017 Updated Edition The Greatest Rivalry

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/12/2016

In 2009 Real Madrid paid GBP80m, a then record fee, to sign a ready-made superstar in an effort to keep pace with a Barcelona side that had won it all. In doing so, they sparked a rivalry like no other; Messi vs Ronaldo. The seasons that have followed have been truly spectacular, the battle for supremacy increasing in profile and intensity all the while. Their styles, personalities and footballing allegiances continue to divide opinion, but their dominance of the record books has now put one claim beyond debate - this is football's greatest ever head-to-head. Acclaimed football writer Luca Caioli draws on invaluable testimonies from those closest to the two stars, with exclusive insights from friends, families, teammates and managers, to tell the inside story of this fascinating rivalry.

Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo - 2017 Updated Edition Head to Head with the World's Greatest Players

Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo - 2017 Updated Edition Head to Head with the World's Greatest Players

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo have risen from humble beginnings in Argentina, Brazil and Portugal to rank among the most exciting talents football has ever seen. Now Luca Caioli, author of biographies of Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar, asks: `Who is the greatest of them all?' Comparing their contrasting styles, stories, records and awards, he gives you everything you need to decide who comes out on top. With exclusive insights from their friends, families, teammates and managers, Caioli presents a unique insight into what makes a modern player not just successful, but truly great.

Martial The Making of Manchester United's New Teenage Superstar

Martial The Making of Manchester United's New Teenage Superstar

Author: Luca Caioli, Cyril Collot Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/09/2016

On 1 September 2015, Anthony Martial completed his transfer from Monaco to Manchester United. At just 19 years of age, the fee of GBP36m (potentially rising to GBP58m) made the France international the most expensive teenager of all time. Eyebrows were raised at the landmark fee but a goal against Liverpool in his first game helped get the supporters onside, while a number of key strikes in his debut season soon won over the critics as he became integral to Manchester United's attack. Renowned sports biographers Luca Caioli and Cyril Collot talk to coaches, teammates and even Martial himself, to provide an unrivalled behind-the-scenes look at the life of the teenage superstar.

Ronaldo - 2017 Updated Edition The Obsession For Perfection

Ronaldo - 2017 Updated Edition The Obsession For Perfection

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

A three-time winner of the FIFA Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo's status as a footballing superstar is unquestionable. His insatiable desire to succeed and to improve himself year after year has seen him rise to the very pinnacle of his sport and kept him there for nearly a decade now. Here Madrid-based journalist Luca Caioli tells the inside story of the global superstar, featuring insights from those who know him best: coaches, teammates, girlfriends and even the man himself. Updated to include all the action from the 2015/16 season, in which he claimed his third Champions League winner's medal and became the tournament's all-time top goalscorer, Ronaldo lays bare the career of a modern footballing icon.

Neymar - 2017 Updated Edition The Unstoppable Rise of Barcelona's Brazilian Superstar

Neymar - 2017 Updated Edition The Unstoppable Rise of Barcelona's Brazilian Superstar

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

From a young age, Neymar was identified as a future great of world soccer. Since his move to Barcelona in 2013 he has progressed at an unstoppable rate, not simply coping but thriving under the pressure of expectation. After three seasons in Spanish football, Neymar has become an essential part of one of the greatest teams in Barcelona's history. Standing out in a team that boasts Messi and Suarez, it is surely only a matter of time before he is considered the world's greatest. Fully updated and drawing on exclusive interviews with those who have known and worked with him, Neymar paints a compelling picture of the life and career of a global superstar.

Messi - 2017 Updated Edition More Than a Superstar

Messi - 2017 Updated Edition More Than a Superstar

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer of our time: a magician with uncanny ability to beat defenders, find space and score goals. 2016 saw him win the Ballon d'Or for a record fifth time, further emphasising his status as the greatest footballer in the world today, and possibly ever. Messi is Luca Caioli's classic portrait of modern football's undisputed superstar, now fully updated to include all the action from 2015/16. Featuring exclusive testimony from those who know him best, including coaches, teammates and even Messi himself, it offers an unrivalled behind-the-scenes look at the life of a football superstar.

Messi - 2016 Updated Edition More Than a Superstar

Messi - 2016 Updated Edition More Than a Superstar

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2015

Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer of our time: a magician with uncanny ability to beat defenders, find space and score goals. At the peak of his powers during Barcelona's 2015 treble win - a decade on from his first Spanish title - the four-time Ballon d'Or winner has again eclipsed his rivals and proved emphatically that he has no intention of surrendering his crown just yet. Messi is Luca Caioli's classic portrait of modern football's star turn, now fully updated to include all the action from 2014/15. Featuring exclusive testimony from those who know him best, including coaches, teammates and even Messi himself, it offers an unrivalled behind-the-scenes look at the life of a football superstar.

Suarez - 2016 Updated Edition The Extraordinary Story Behind Football's Most Explosive Talent

Suarez - 2016 Updated Edition The Extraordinary Story Behind Football's Most Explosive Talent

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2015

Luis Suarez is one of the most brilliant and controversial players in world football. Signed by Barcelona in 2014 despite a lengthy ban for biting an opponent, he quickly became a central figure in their sensational treble-winning campaign, setting the seal on it with the decisive goal in the Champions League final. However, a history of violent on-pitch incidents has left supporters wondering whether the maverick centre forward can ever completely conquer his demons. This updated biography, featuring exclusive interviews with those who have known and worked with him, offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at the life and career of one of football's most enigmatic stars.

Balotelli The Remarkable Story Behind the Sensational Headlines

Balotelli The Remarkable Story Behind the Sensational Headlines

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2015

Mario Balotelli has a reputation like no other in football. Since exploding on to the scene at Inter Milan in 2007, he has won league titles in both Italy and England, moving between Europe's elite clubs. Yet for all his undoubted talent, he is better known for his off-field antics - not least his infamous run-ins with both the police and Manchester's firefighters. Once described by Jose Mourinho as `unmanageable', match-winning performances at the highest level have continued to convince clubs such as AC Milan and Liverpool to give him a chance. With exclusive access to friends, teammates and coaches, acclaimed football biographer Luca Caioli talks to the people best placed to explain the mystery that is Mario Balotelli.

Neymar - 2016 Updated Edition The Unstoppable Rise of Barcelona's Brazilian Superstar

Neymar - 2016 Updated Edition The Unstoppable Rise of Barcelona's Brazilian Superstar

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2015

From a young age, Neymar Junior was identified as a future great of world football. Since then there have been both highs and lows, with triumphs at Santos sometimes overshadowed by the controversies and disappointments of his early days at Barcelona and at the Brazil World Cup. But his pivotal role in Barca's spectacular 2015 treble has reconfirmed him as one of football's most devastating attacking forces and he now stands on the brink of greatness. Fully updated and drawing on exclusive interviews with those who have known and worked with him, Neymar paints a compelling picture of the life and career of a global icon.

Suarez, Messi, Neymar Inside Barcelona's Unstoppable Strikeforce

Suarez, Messi, Neymar Inside Barcelona's Unstoppable Strikeforce

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2014

Barcelona has long been regarded as a home of beautiful football. In July 2014, already boasting Lionel Messi and Neymar, Barca added Luis Suarez to complete a forward line that was undeniably special, even by their own high standards. They had taken greatly differing paths from South America to the starting line-up at the Nou Camp. Messi joined Barcelona aged just thirteen, Neymar served a spectacular apprenticeship in Brazil and Suarez enjoyed spells with Ajax and Liverpool - three prestigious educations with an emphasis on attractive play. Through exclusive testimonies from friends, families, managers and teammates, acclaimed football writer Luca Caioli documents their individual journeys and examines the phenomenal success of Barca's `MSN' years to date, including the 2015/16 league and cup double.

Messi - 2015 Updated Edition More Than a Superstar

Messi - 2015 Updated Edition More Than a Superstar

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Lionel Messi is a mesmerising talent who has continued to astound the world of football ever since assuming his role at the heart of a star-studded Barcelona side in 2004. Overcoming a career-threatening growth hormone deficiency, he has won almost everything there is to win, including an unprecedented four FIFA Ballons d'Or. Luca Caioli draws on numerous exclusive testimonies to tell Messi's story, including his parents and extended family, his coaches, those who have played alongside him and even Messi himself. Messi is a revealing portrait of football's most unassuming superstar, updated to include the dramatic 2013/14 season and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in which his match-winning performances finally began to win over his harshest critics - his fellow countrymen.

Neymar The Making of the World's Greatest New Number 10

Neymar The Making of the World's Greatest New Number 10

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

The proud custodian of Brazil's illustrious number 10, in the summer of 2014 Neymar has the chance that eluded the likes of Pele, Zico and Ronaldinho before him - to wear the iconic shirt in a World Cup on home soil. It promises to be the ultimate showcase for his flair and finishing. Aged just 22, it is the only major tournament he has yet to compete in. He became the poster boy for Brazilian club side Santos while still a teenager, starring as they enjoyed domestic success and lifted South America's Copa Libertadores for the first time since Pele's days at the club. A 57 million euro move to Barcelona followed as he teamed up with Leo Messi, forming one of the most fearsome partnerships in football's history. Luca Caioli, author of bestselling biographies of Messi and Ronaldo, looks back on Neymar's unstoppable rise with exclusive private access to his friends and family, coaches, teammates and adoring fans.

Suarez The Remarkable Story Behind Football's Most Explosive Talent

Suarez The Remarkable Story Behind Football's Most Explosive Talent

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Bestselling football biographer Luca Caioli tackles his most controversial subject yet - Barcelona, Uruguay and former Liverpool forward Luis Suarez. When in late September 2013 Luis Suarez returned from a landmark ten-match ban for biting an opponent, one in a long line of high-profile misdemeanours, it seemed unlikely that he would ever win over his critics. In the months that followed he scored an astonishing 31 times, propelling Liverpool back into the Champions League following a four-year absence. The World Cup in Brazil followed but Suarez saw his action-packed tournament curtailed after just two games, two goals and one moment of madness, with favourable comparisons to Messi and Ronaldo once again overshadowed by those with Jekyll and Hyde. Acclaimed football biographer Luca Caioli provides an in-depth look at one of football's most enigmatic characters, from humble Uruguayan beginnings to his big-money move to Barcelona in July 2014.

Roberto Mancini A Footballing Life: The Full Story

Roberto Mancini A Footballing Life: The Full Story

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2012

When Manchester City's owners appointed Roberto Mancini in late 2009, the message was clear: this was the man who would overtake the Blues' illustrious neighbours and restore the club to the pinnacle of English football. The former Italy playmaker swiftly repaid their faith, following up an FA Cup triumph in his first full season with the Premier League title - won in the most heartstopping fashion imaginable - to continue a success story that had taken him from early stardom in Bologna to back-to-back league titles as Inter Milan manager. Now, renowned Italian sports writer Luca Caioli gives the full inside story of Mancini's rollercoaster life in football - from his early days as a firebrand centre forward, through glory days with Sampdoria and Lazio, to his emergence as a charismatic, if controversial, pitch-side leader. Featuring insights from those who know him best - including family members, former teammates and managers, as well as an exclusive interview with Mancini himself, it provides a unique and revealing portrait of the man behind the Blue revolution.

Torres An Intimate Portrait of the Kid Who Became King

Torres An Intimate Portrait of the Kid Who Became King

Author: Luca Caioli Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

This is the story of a boy who dreamt of rock stardom but grew up to be a football God. Fernando Torres is revered by players, coaches and managers, adored in his homeland and idolised by 42 million Liverpool fans across the world. From his birth in Madrid's working-class Fuenlabrada district to his incredible 33-goal first season at Liverpool and his winning goal in the final of Euro 2008, renowned sports journalist Luca Caioli goes behind the scenes of Torres' life to find out what makes the new hero of Anfield tick - as well as kick. Using often exclusive material from interviews with Rafael Benitez, Vicente Del Bosque, Andres Iniesta, Kenny Dalglish, Fabio Capello and Torres himself, Caioli paints a dazzling personal portrait of one of the world's most exciting young footballers.

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