The Cirque du Soleil announced Wednesday that it will launch a new show next year inspired by “the incredible talent and accomplishments” of soccer star Lionel Messi.
“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.
He posted a video on Instagram showing him dribbling a red clown nose.
The focus on the FC Barcelona star, a native of Argentina, follows successful Cirque ventures that highlighted the music of the Beatles and Michael Jackson.
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“We are convinced that bringing Messi’s legacy to life on stage will touch audiences and speak to all football fans,” Cirque president Jonathan Tetrault said in a statement.
The show will be produced in partnership with PopArt Music and in association with Sony Music.
“We have the chance to transcend the sport and present it in a totally new form to inspire the world,” Tetrault said.
Details of where the show will be performed were not immediately available.