A Brazilian legend already, Ronaldinho needs no introduction and is viewed by many as the greatest talent in the game since Pele.
This definitive biography Football's Flamboyant Maestro is a detailed portrait of the man himself, un-biased, well researched and incredibly passionate. Writer Jethro Soutar charts the rise of Ronaldinho from the back streets of Brazil to the Nou Camp and stardom at Barcelona.
An incredible story, the book shows how the Brazilian began his life amid tragedy and poverty in Gremio, before joining the local youth team aged six.
Rising up the ranks to become the star of the team, it shows the heartfelt passion that Brazil's supporters had for him; and how that relationship turned sour when he made the move to French club PSG in 2001.
Showing how the hero-worship in his native Brazil gave way to accusations of wild partying and eventual fatherhood, Soutar looks at the man behind the public image and gives the reader an insight into the culture and history of the country.
His big move to Barcelona, coupled with Brazil's triumph at the World Cup in 2002, may suggest that a player with such talent has an inflated ego. But that is not the case.
Soutar finds Ronaldinho to be a modest professional, with a gentle charm that so often evades the usual stereotype of a footballer. A book for the real fans of the game, this offering opens the door on the Brazilian's life off the pitch as well as on it.
Soutar's portrayal is meticulous in its detail and provides a thoroughly good read for everyone keen to find out why the world's best player always plays with a smile on his face.