Who Is Lionel Messi? (Who Was?)

by James Buckley (Author) Manuel Gutierrez (Illustrator)

Who Is Lionel Messi? (Who Was?)
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?

Read all about Argentinian soccer superstar Lionel Messi and his legendary career in this book from Who HQ Now, the series featuring the trending topics and news makers of today.

Lionel Messi loved soccer from an early age, often playing with his family members with encouragement from his grandmother. Now, he is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time! He is also one of the most decorated footballers in the world--having won 44 collective trophies, including seven Ballon d'Or awards, 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year, 2019 and 2022 Best FIFA Men's Player, and more.

From making his first team debut at just sixteen years old in 2003 to breaking numerous longstanding records in 2012, to helping Argentina win the 2022 World Cup, Messi continues to wow fans with his finesse of the soccer ball. However, Lionel Messi stays true to his roots, never forgetting a small tribute to his grandmother each time he scores a goal by looking up and pointing to the sky. Learn about Lionel's epic career and his lifelong love for soccer in this illustrated biography for young readers.

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James Buckley
James Buckley Jr. has written more than 50 books for kids, including Who Was Ernest Shackleton? and Who Was Roberto Clemente?

Manuel Gutierrez is an Argentinian illustrator with vast experience working internationally as a visual storyteller in the fields of comic books and advertising. Manuel was born in Neuquen, in the Argentinian Patagonia, and is a self-taught artist. He has worked for Marvel and DC Comics.
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Guided Reading Level
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
July 09, 2024
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF038050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | Caribbean & Latin America
JNF007100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
JNF054130 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Soccer
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