Apple TV+ announces Messi documentary
A view of a mural painting depicting Argentine football star Lionel Messi at the Villa del Parque train station in Buenos Aires taken on June 6, 2023. LUIS ROBAYO / AFP

NEW YORK, United States, (AFP) – Streaming platform Apple TV+ on Tuesday announced a four-part documentary series on Argentina's World Cup-winning captain Lionel Messi.

The service said the series would feature "exclusive behind-the-scenes access" to the football megastar, who scored seven goals as Argentina lifted the World Cup in Qatar in December.

"In his own words, Messi tells the definitive story of his incredible career with the Argentina national football team, providing an intimate and unprecedented look at his quest for a legacy-defining World Cup victory," Apple TV+ said in a statement.

No broadcast date was given for the documentary, which will be produced by Smuggler Entertainment and was filmed in Paris, Qatar and Argentina.

The series will retrace Messi's international career, starting with his debut for Argentina in 2005 when he was sent off two minutes after coming on as a substitute and including defeat in the 2014 World Cup final.

It will culminate with the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner's lifting of football's ultimate prize last year at his fifth World Cup.

Messi, 35, left Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month following two seasons in which he scored 32 goals in 75 appearances and won two Ligue 1 titles.

He has not announced which club side he will play for next, with reports and a source close to the negotiations suggesting he could soon sign a lucrative contract to play in Saudi Arabia.

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