Buenos Aires Times

culture ENTERTAINMENT

Messi partners with Cirque du Soleil for new show

Argentina and Barcelona agrees deal to be the subject of a new Cirque du Soleil show next year.

Wednesday 10 October, 2018
Lionel Messi will star in a new show from Cirque Du Soleil
Lionel Messi will star in a new show from Cirque Du Soleil Foto:Cirque Du Soleil

More World News

Argentina's footballing superstar Lionel Messi will be the subject of a new Cirque du Soleil show next year, the five-time world player of the year announced Wednesday.

"I am proud to announce the creation of a new Cirque du Soleil show in 2019 based on the story of my life and passion for football," said Messi, whose Instagram feed showed him clad in a T-shirt of the Canadian troupe famed for their extravagant shows.

Messi had Monday posted a video of himself wearing the shirt and juggling what appeared to be a red clown nose.

Cirque du Soleil, which has partnered with PopArt Music Sony Music to create the show, said on their website that they were thrilled to confirm the link-up with the 31-year-old Albiceleste and Barcelona star.

"The show will draw its inspiration from the incredible talent and accomplishments of the football legend, who embodies the unique spirit and values of his sport," the troupe said.

"It feels both crazy and incredible that Cirque du Soleil will create a show based on my life," Messi said in a press release, adding that "Cirque du Soleil is a family favourite of ours."

“We are thrilled to be working with such a living legend," said Jonathan Tétrault, president and chief operating officer at Cirque du Soleil. “We are convinced that bringing Messi’s legacy to life on stage will touch audiences and speak to all football fans.

The troupe has created shows before centred on legendary names such as The Beatles and Michael Jackson. Most recently, it created a hugely successful show based on the music of Soda Stereo, which played to packed audiences in Argentine and the rest of Latin America.

Information on the show, tour stops and dates will be revealed at a later date via www.cirquedusoleil.com/messi.

- TIMES/AFP

Poll

Op-Ed

Top Stories

  1. 1Peso closes at $40.71 to the dollar as demand for US currency spikesPeso closes at $40.71 to the dollar as demand for US currency spikes
  2. 2Journalists to pay damages to ex minister over 'false' drug trafficking report
  3. 3US Ambassador Prado arrives in Argentina bringing message of cooperation, openness
  4. 4Venezuela's Maduro closes Brazil border to block humanitarian aid
  5. 5Unions push Vidal gov't to end outstanding 2018 wage bargaining
  6. 6Caught in the crossfire
  7. 7IMF recommends additional measures to decrease Uruguay's deficit
  8. 8The IMF has the keys to Macri’s re-election. Will it use them?
  9. 9Fernández de Kirchner's corruption trial pushed back to May
  10. 10Norwegian Air Argentina workers granted permission to form union