Tim Pastore, Patrick Milling-Smith, Brian Carmody, and Matt Renner of Smuggler Entertainment are producing a four-part docuseries about Lionel Messi that will air on Apple TV+.
The yet-untitled series, which was shot in Paris, Qatar, and Argentina and has unique behind-the-scenes video, follows the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner through his five FIFA World Cup appearances and his victory in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, one of the most thrilling finals in history.
Messi narrates his football career with the Argentina national team in his own words, giving readers an intimate and never-before-seen look at his pursuit of a World Cup title that would leave a lasting impression.
The documentary series is executive produced by Jon Henion (Welcome to Wrexham), Juan Camilo Cruz (In Her Hands), Emmy and Tony Award winners Smith and Carmody, and Emmy winner Renner (Free Solo, Limitless with Chris Hemsworth) of Smuggler Entertainment.
Messi was filmed throughout the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. The series examines Messi’s public and private lives as well as those of his devoted fans in Argentina and those who made the trek to Qatar, from the commotion of press junkets to the peaceful reflection of his private room.
The series also includes Messi’s most intimate interviews to date, as well as interviews with his teammates, coaches, rivals, fans, and analysts.
The documentary follows his dramatic journey from his first match with the Argentina national football team, where he received a red card in the first minute, to bearing the burden of a nation through several elusive World Cup victories, leading to his early retirement in 2016, and finally the comeback to win the FIFA World Cup and be named the best player of the 2022 tournament.
The docuseries is created by Smuggler Entertainment in collaboration with Pegsa for Apple.