• "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"

  • "[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"

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

    Scotland on Sunday

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