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Red by Gary Neville
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Oct 30, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from October 15 to 20, 2011

Gary Neville will admit that he's not the most talented footballer in the world, however what makes him great is his determination, his drive to succeed. That is what kept him at the top at United for so many years, that's what made him one of the greatest right backs in the world. After a career spanning almost 20 years, he brought the curtain down on his glittering career this past year, which he did with typical Gary Neville style. No fuss, no wondering if he could go one more year... When Gary knew it was time to quit, he did.

In his auto-biography, Gary is as honest as ever without it being the kind of controversial auto-biography footballers favour. Instead, it's the story of how Gary became a United great, right from the very beginning. How he pushed and pushed and pushed, how he strived to be the very best and how he just wanted to be a footballer. It may not be the most exciting auto-biography, but for me I liked its honesty. Gary Neville is nothing if not opinionated and he gives opinions on everything - from England managers he played under, to the time he swore at Sir Alex Ferguson, to his own bad performances, to the "strike" scandal I knew nothing about until I read the book...

I admit, I only started watching football in 2005 so I wasn't clued up with Neville's history so the book was an insight into someone I hugely admire and it was a worthy one. He doesn't shy away from calling a spade a spade and although the book won't be hugely popular with many people (namely Liverpool fans for no other reason than it has a big picture of Gary Neville on the front) it's one of the best football auto-biographies I've read.

I think Gary had help in writing his auto-biography, but you can imagine everything that went into the book was dictated by him and you can just feel his passion for football, for United, for the game, dripping off every page. I loved the book, I love the man, I love the way he doesn't necessarily care what people think of him, that he's not only a great footballer but a great person as well. He's now moved into punditry and it's no surprise he's good at that, too. Gary Neville will always be a die-hard Red and in a time when footballers wages play a massive part in where they play, it's not too often you can say that of a footballer, but Gary is red through and through and always will be and Red is a brilliant insight into the man himself.
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3.0% "I love Gary Neville. As a footballer, as a pundit, as a person. I can't wait to get stuck into this one properly!"
49.0% "This might not be a "shock factor" footballer auto-biography, but it's honest and it's so great to read about how Gary made it at United."
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