Apple TV+ Sets Lionel Messi Docuseries


Apple TV+ has greenlit a four-part docuseries from SMUGGLER Entertainment about Lionel Messi and his illustrious soccer career.

In his own words, Messi will tell the story of his time with the Argentina national football team, providing fans with an unprecedented look at his quest for a World Cup victory. The series tracks Messi’s five FIFA World Cup appearances, culminating in his win in Qatar last year.

The untitled series is executive produced by Emmy Award winner Tim Pastore (Free Solo, Jane), Emmy and Tony Award winners Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody and Emmy Award winner Matt Renner (Free Solo, Limitless with Chris Hemsworth) of SMUGGLER Entertainment, as well as Jon Henion (Welcome to Wrexham) and Juan Camilo Cruz (In Her Hands). SMUGGLER Entertainment is producing in association with Pegsa.

Less than two weeks before the World Cup in Qatar began, Messi sat down in Paris with the producers of the series and said, “It would be the ultimate experience to win a World Cup and to be able to close out my career in that way. I’ve daydreamed about it after many years of fighting for it. I made a million possibilities of what could happen… the first match, the round of 16, the quarterfinals, the semi-finals and the final. I’m also going to live it as something special, because it’s the last one. To finish my last year winning a World Cup would be the dream ending.”