World Cup: 'Messi' Film to Premiere in Rio de Janeiro

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Lionel Messi

Directed by Spain's Alex de la Iglesia, the documentary's credits read like a who's who of soccer stardom.

MADRID – Spanish cult director Alex de la Iglesia’s documentary Messi — a tribute to Argentine striker Lionel Messi — will premiere July 2 in Rio de Janeiro, timed to coincide with the World Cup 2014 taking place in Brazil, production house Mediapro announced Thursday.

Based on a script from Argentine soccer great Jorge Valdano and using real footage of the only four-time Balon d’Or winner from the age of 4 onwards, De la Iglesia’s film boasts the collaboration of Maradona, Johann Cruyff, Cesar Luis Menotti, Andres Iniesta and Alejandro Sabella to name a few.

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Messi, who is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time, was born to a humble family in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina and was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency at age 11. Spain’s FC Barcelona paid the bill for his expensive treatment after seeing the child’s potential.