• Castro's biography is funny and moving, zealously researched and lovingly told. This excellent new translation by Andrew Downie means English readers can properly appreciate one of the most incredible lives in the history of sport

    Alex Bellos, Daily Telegraph
  • Passionate, fascinating and surprisingly moving ... a worthy tribute... According to Gazza, Gascoigne has limited interest in books. He should be persuaded to make an exception for Garrincha. He would learn more about himself than by reading his own autobiography

    Josh Lacey, Guardian
  • [A] powerfully atmospheric and beautifully rendered life of one of Brazil's greatest ever players... A sad and fantastic book

    Harry Pearson, When Saturday Comes
  • [Castro's] research is exhaustive and exemplary

    Brian Glanville, Sunday Times
  • A compelling page-turner, warts and all

    Scotland on Sunday

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