Ten Best Football Autobiographies for football fans
Football fans are some of the most informed sporting fans on earth… when it comes to all things insignificant. Whether we want to know or not, we know who are favorite footballers are dating, what schools their children attend, and we know all about the nasty feud they’re having with their third cousin twice removed.
Why not read some information that’s actually useful (or at the very least entertaining and valid)? Rather than letting tabloids tell you about footballer’s live, why not read stories from the footballer’s themselves?
There are plenty of footballer’s who have written autobiographies, but here are ten best football autobiographies–must read for all football fans.
1. I am Zlatan
By Zlatan Ibrahimović
No surprise that this one made our list. This book was also featured in our previous article Top Ten Books About Soccer That every Fan Must Read . Zlatan is always portrayed as a larger than life infallible legend of a creature. In his autobiography, you get to see an unimaginable side of him. In his formative years, he was a vulnerable, scorned, son of immigrants that served as the neighborhood’s punching bag. His childhood is wildly entertaining and somewhat tragic. It’s a wonder he made it into adulthood! Beyond his upbringing, this book gives fly-on-the-wall level insights into the most dramatic moments of Zlatan’s career
2. Ferenc Puskas: Captain of Hungary
By Ferenc Puskas
When the award for the most amazing, skill laden goal of the year is named after a man, you know that man must have been amazing. He was a showboat before showboating was cool. The namesake of the coveted Puskas award had much bravado on the field, but this literary work of art let’s readers get to know the man behind all of the swagger.
3. Red: My Autobiography
By Gary Neville
Many autobiographies, while originally written (or dictated) by the subject, are extensively polished and edited by a professional writer. While this book certainly underwent some kind of third party editing process, it still retains a strong voice that is unequivocally Gary Neville’s. As a member of the class of ’92, he certainly has plenty of stories to tell, and his in-your-face, Mancuninan voice makes it that much more of a thrilling read.
4. The Keeper- A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them
By Tim Howard
5. I’ll Tell You What…My Take on The Modern Game
By Robbie Savage
Robbie Savage is a pundit that seems to be everywhere, and, if you’re as young as I am, he seems to have popped up out of nowhere. He’s obviously important (or why else would he be on TV?), but he’s not one of the frontrunner Man U, Arsenal, or Liverpool legends like many other pundits. This book explains where he came from.
6. No Nonsense
By Joey Barton
Joey Barton has been in so much drama. You won’t regret reading his take on everything. While you still might not agree with all that he’s done, this candid account gives key details about the methods behind his madness.
7. How Not To Be A Football Millionaire
By Keith Gillespie
We would be remiss not to include a cautionary tale on this list. I’d be willing to bet you’ve never heard of Keith Gillespie, and there’s a reason why. Sudden fame, money, prestige, temptation, and pressure are not a combination for a happy life. These are the elements that even footballers who play for smaller teams have to withstand. Everyone doesn’t make it out unscathed. This is the story of one of the many who didn’t make it. While he may not have become the footballing success he wanted to be, Gillespie’s story is one of human resilience.
8. El Diego: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Footballer
By Diego Maradona
Our list wouldn’t be complete without this man–Diego Maradona’s life has become the stuff of fables. Much like Zlatan, everyone loves to tell these farfetched stories about him, but what is the reality behind it all? He’s one of the best players ever. He’s battled cocaine addiction. He’s coached one of the best national football squads in the world. There’s a lot to be said about Maradona, and you deserve to read the story from the horse’s mouth.
9. I Am The Secret WAG
By The Secret Wag
Football is a paparazzi laden sport. Ironically, with all the invasiveness of the sports media, fans are still left in the dark as far as the life of a WAG. We know they’re rich…we know they’re some of the most beautiful women in the world. We know that writers have an insatiable need to compare them with each other, but what else do we know? This book written by a WAG of an English footballer who has chosen to remain anonymous, gives a behind the scenes look at the real life of a WAG behind all the glitz and glam.
10. When Nobody Was Watching-: My Hard Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World
By Carli Lloyd
Last, but certainly not least, Carli Lloyd. It’s hard to believe that a player who was once named the FIFA Woman’s of Year was once on the brink of giving the sport up for good. Carli Lloyd’s story is one of triumph, resilience, and even a little bit of romance.