A Beautiful Game by Tom Watt

Produced, Shot, and Edited by Abby Berendt Lavoi

With an introduction by David Beckham

Wherever you are on earth, its only a matter of time before you come across children playing soccer. Another five minutes and you will probably find yourself having a ball rolled to your feet as an invitation to join in the game. Soccer is a common language and a culture shared: a joy, a passion, an escape and an affirmation of identity understood and celebrated by children – and their parents – in every country around the globe.

For this unique and beautiful book, sports writer Tom Watt talked to the worlds top players about growing up and falling in love with the game: Argentinas Lionel Messi and Brazils Gilberto Silva; Englands David James and Scotlands Craig Gordon; Italys Fabio Cannavaro, Spains Iker Casillas and Frances Frank Ribéry; South Africas Benni McCarthy and Nigerias Nwankwo Kanu; the USAs Landon Donovan and Shunsuke Nakamura from Japan; and the worlds most famous player, David Beckham.

A Beautiful Game tells their stories, in the players own words; stories of boys who would grow up to be heroes for a new generation of young players and fans. They look back to their childhoods; to their family homes, to their schoolrooms, to the friends they grew up with and to the places where they first played the game that has made them stars. The players words are brought to life with over 130 full-color images which offer rare, emotive and striking insights and celebrate soccers ability to touch our hearts wherever the beautiful game is played.

A Beautiful Game: The World’s Greatest Players and How Soccer Changed Their Lives
Author: Tom Watt
ISBN: 9780061735356

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