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Ever wanted to know what it is really like being a Premiership footballer?
Here is the ultimate guide from the much loved everyman of English football, Peter Crouch.
Towering at six feet seven inches, Crouch is prized for his self-deprecating humour, having famously answered the question "what would you be if you weren't a footballer?" with the one liner "a virgin". At the same time, he has had an incredible career, from World Cups to Champions League finals. He has scored more headed goals than anyone else in Premiership history and has a better goals-to-minute on the pitch ratio for England than even Michael Owen. A humble professional with a great sense of humour, Crouch is one of the few players that is liked by fans of all clubs.
Of course, this is probably because he's played for most of them.
Now nearing the end of his stellar career, he narratates everything he has learnt and tells it exactly like it is in How to be a Footballer, from the most colourful aspects of the game to what really happens on and off the pitch. Honest, candid and great company, this is not your standard footballer autobiography but a true insider's guide to our favourite sport.
From a legend of English football, this is the most entertaining sports audiobook of the year.
© Peter Crouch 2018 (P) Penguin Audio 2018
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Asked what he would have been had he not become a professional footballer, Peter Crouch once answered with the iconic: “A virgin.” That he’s now responsible for one of sport’s great self-deprecating autobiographies, therefore, comes as little surprise. The former England international tackles his memoir in typically unconventional style, addressing a different element of football life in each chapter. This makes for a brilliantly paced listen; Crouch jumps fluently between the various stops of his eventful career and spills beans in a way that feels affectionate to former teammates and bosses rather than indiscreet. You, of course, get the added bonus of Crouchy's own warm and natural narration—something which makes the whole thing feel like a night down the pub with a close friend.