Little People, Big Dreams: Leo Messi - Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
This little biography tells the inspiring story of Leo Messi, one of the world's most skilled and celebrated footballers.
As a child, Leo developed his passion for football playing with his brothers and cousins in the streets of Rosario, Argentina, and in the local youth team, Newell's Old Boys – who famously won every tournament whilst Leo was with them. Aged 9, he was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency and had to inject himself with hormones every day to help him grow.
Nothing would stop Leo from following his dreams. He debuted with FC Barcelona in 2004, scored 672 goals for the club and helped them win 35 trophies. He received seven Golden Ball awards, more than any other player in history, and won 4 trophies with Argentina's national football team, including captaining the team to win the 2022 World Cup.
Today, he is considered by many to be 'The Greatest of All Time', is a UNICEF ambassador and founder of his own children's charity.
Little People Big Dreams series portrays the inspiring lives of artists, designers, activists and scientists in a super-accessible way with sweet illustrations and by focusing on when they started out as children with a dream. Each book has a biographical timeline with historical photographs and extra facts, too.