Cristiano Ronaldo

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Author: Guillem Balague

Category: Biography & True Stories

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Seven Dials

ISBN: 9781399619196

RRP: $26.99

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The definitive award-winning biography of Cristiano Ronaldo – fully updated to include the 2022 World Cup, Ronaldo’s explosive exit from Manchester United and his record-breaking transfer to Al-Nassr

As the Qatar World Cup opened to worldwide jubilation, Cristiano Ronaldo’s second spell at Manchester United reached an abrupt conclusion. It was not to be the fairy tale ending to a glittering career. Instead, over the two seasons, it had snowballed into a toxic standoff between himself, the board and newly appointed manager, Erik ten Hag. The Theatre’s dream was over. On 22 November 2022, Ronaldo’s contract was terminated.

In this compelling account, Guillem Balague draws on impeccable sources, first-hand interviews and unprecedented access, taking us on a journey from Madeira to Manchester, and onto Spain, Italy and Saudi Arabia. From Ronaldo’s tutelage under Sir Alex Ferguson to becoming the biggest galactico of them all at Real Madrid, and captaining Portugal to the first silverware in their history at the UEFA Euro 2016, Guillem chronicles Ronaldo’s career in its entirety.

This is nothing less than the definitive portrait of a true icon of modern football, who has reached the very heights of the beautiful game and cemented his place as one of the greatest players of all time.

Guillem Balague is an award-winning football author, journalist and presenter who works regularly for BBC Radio 5 Live, LaLiga TV and the American network CBS. He wrote the bestselling A Season on the Brink, an insider’s account of Liverpool’s 2004-05 Champions’ League winning campaign. In November 2012, he published the first international biography of Pep Guardiola, shortlisted for Football Book of the Year, as were his following four books. He published Messi: The Definitive Biography, the first complete biography of the Argentinian star. He published the Official History of FC Barcelona in the autumn of 2014. In November 2015, he wrote Cristiano Ronaldo: the Biography which won the Football Book of the Year Award at the British Sports Book Awards and the Best Football Book of 2016 in Poland. His latest books Brave New World – Inside Pochettino’s Spurs and Maradona were Sunday Times bestsellers in the UK. He is also chairman of non-league Biggleswade FC.

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