Messi stars at Cirque du Soleil premier

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Barcelona striker Lionel Messi attended Cirque du Soleil’s “Messi 10” premier on Thursday to inaugurate the show inspired by his life.

The show tells the story of an ambitious young man who uses his skill and talent to overcome any obstacle on his way to becoming the world’s best “number 10”.

Cirque du Soleil director and creator Mukhtar Omar Sharif Mukhtar said to reporters he felt “a little nervous” about Messi’s reaction to see the “baby” they’ve been working on for so long, but said he was also very proud of it.

Cirque du Soleil founder, Guy Laliberte told Reuters a soccer themed show was a new experience for the circus and that two big names like Lionel Messi and Cirque du Soleil is “always good”.

The show has been produced in conjunction with PopArt Music and Sony Music and will bring together the Cirque du Soleil’s signature acrobatic world and the athletics and devotion for football, with a cast of 46 performers in a 90 minute spectacle.

This will be the first foray into soccer for the Canadian entertainment group, and its 46th original production since 1984.




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