After Beatles and Michael Jackson, Cirque turns to soccer star Lionel Messi

Rex Christensen
October 11, 2018

The fact the 31-year-old Argentinian is the first sports star to have a Cirque show based on his life demonstrates the huge cross-cultural appeal that Messi possesses.

Cirque du Soleil - a French-Canadian group of acrobats and performers known for their spectacular live shows - will produce a show based on the career of the Barcelona superstar.

"The show will celebrate Messi's legacy in Cirque du Soleil's signature way, highlighting the rich culture that makes this sport the most popular worldwide", the company announced on Wednesday.

Cirque du Soleil says it "will leap into the passionate world of football" and "draw inspiration from the incredible talent and accomplishments of the football legend, who embodies the unique spirit and values of his sport".

Cirque du Soleil's Messi show is set to be launched in 2019, with tour dates yet to be confirmed.

Details of where the show will be performed were not immediately available.

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Cirque du Soleil said on their website that they were thrilled to confirm the link-up with Messi, 31.

"I have no doubt this show will amaze people as their shows always do".

Shows generally feature daring high-wire and acrobatic stunts, as well as extravagant costumes and musical performances.

Messi suffered considerable difficulties as a child and was so small he was given growth hormones to help him develop.

He is considered one of the greatest players of all time after winning all the major club honors with Barcelona.

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