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Messi announces Cirque du Soleil show based on his life

Goal.com logo Goal.com 11/10/2018 Jamie Smith
Lionel Messi: Barcelona captain Lionel Messi © Provided by Goal Barcelona captain Lionel Messi

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is to be the basis of a new show by Cirque du Soleil.

Messi teased the news on Tuesday by releasing a video of him performing kick-ups with a clown nose on his Instagram page before the announcement was confirmed a day later.

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Cirque du Soleil previously produced shows based on The Beatles and Michael Jackson, but Barca and Argentina superstar Messi will now take centre stage.

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"It feels both crazy and incredible that Cirque du Soleil will create a show based on my life, my passion, my sport," Messi said in a statement.

"Cirque du Soleil is a family favourite of ours. I have no doubt this show will amaze people as their shows always do."

Barcelona's Lionel Messi poses with his four Golden Boot trophies during a ceremony in Barcelona © getty Barcelona's Lionel Messi poses with his four Golden Boot trophies during a ceremony in Barcelona

"We are thrilled to be working with such a living legend," added Jonathan Tetrault, president and chief operating officer at Cirque du Soleil.

Leo Messi during La Liga match between FC Barcelona v Sevilla CF, in Barcelona, on November 04, 2017 © getty Leo Messi during La Liga match between FC Barcelona v Sevilla CF, in Barcelona, on November 04, 2017 "We are convinced that bringing Messi's legacy to life on stage will touch audiences and speak to all football fans."

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

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