Before They Were Stars : How Messi, Alex Morgan, and Other Soccer Greats Rose to the Top, Hardback Book

Before They Were Stars : How Messi, Alex Morgan, and Other Soccer Greats Rose to the Top Hardback

Part of the World Soccer Legends series



What were Messi, Alex Morgan, Neymar, or Carli Lloyd like when they were your age?

Learn how the top soccer stars of all time grew up and conquered the sport.

This guide follows fourteen of the best men's and women's players from their first childhood encounter with association football-whether at the school gym or a pickup game in a vacant lot-to their first appearance in a top-division match or their first international cap.

For every one of them, it was a journey with its share of both tragedy and triumph. Did you know that . . . . . . as a boy, Pele practiced with a newspaper-stuffed sock or a grapefruit, because he couldn't afford a proper football? . . . Mia Hamm discovered the sport of soccer as a toddler in Florence, Italy, where her father, a U.S.

Air Force pilot, was stationed? . . . at age ten, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency that threatened to end his soccer career-until Barca offered to pay for his treatment?

Illustrated with rare photos of stars-to-be on and off the field, Before They Were Stars is sure to entertain and inspire any budding soccer legend.

Fans can learn more about their favorite players with other World Soccer Legends series books, such as Stars of Women's Soccer: 2nd Edition, Stars of World Soccer, Neymar, Messi, and Alex Morgan.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 64 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
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  • Category: True stories
  • ISBN: 9780789213273



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