From Wayne Rooney and the Brazilian Ronaldo to Diego Simeone and Cristiano Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez, we’ve become used to platforms releasing glossy football life story documentaries.
Now Netflix have made legendary striker Lionel Messi one of the subjects of a new documentary based around the success of Argentina’s national team.
The film is timely as Messi bids to inspire his national team to the World Cup triumph that has eluded him during his sensational career when Argentina begin their campaign in Qatar on November 22.
Here’s when you can watch the documentary, how to find it and what to look forward to as the latest chapter of Messi’s exploits with La Albiceleste begins.
Lionel Messi Argentina documentary release date
The documentary, which stars the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner and his international teammates, was released on November 3, 2022 on Spanish-language editions of Netflix.
Netflix are yet to confirm if and when the likes of UK and USA subscribers will be able to access it.
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The documentary covers Argentina’s long and occasionally painful quest to win the Copa America, including defeats on penalties to Chile in 2015 and 2016, having lost the World Cup final 1-0 to Germany in 2014.
Former Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Angel di Maria, who now plays for Juventus, scored the winner against Brazil in the 2021 final, which was held at the Maracana in Rio.
🎥 Lionel Messi’s speech before the Copa America final against Brazil (with English subtitles) pic.twitter.com/oYhi4NudAA
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Di Maria recalls in the film how Messi gave an extraordinarily impassioned speech before what would prove to be his first Copa America title.
“Forty-five days without seeing our families, boys,” said Messi, who celebrated his 34th birthday during the tournament.
“We had an objective and we’re one small step away from achieving it. There’s no such thing as coincidence, boys.
“Do you know what? This trophy was meant to be played in Argentina and God brought it here so that we could lift it in the Maracana, boys – so that it could be more beautiful for everyone. So let’s go out with confidence and calm, because we’re bringing this one home.”
The 2021 Copa America had been scheduled for Argentina and Colombia in 2020 but was postponed and relocated to Brazil following the Covid pandemic and as a result of social unrest in Colombia.
For fans in the UK also wanting their Messi fix before the World Cup starts, the BBC have also released a documentary on the Argentine icon, avaible to stream on iPlayer.