Apple TV+ June 6 announced a new untitled four-part documentary series featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes access to global soccer superstar Lionel Messi. The series filmed in Paris, Qatar and Argentina, tracks the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner through his five FIFA World Cup appearances and his FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 win.
In his own words, Messi tells the story of his career with the Argentina national football team, providing an unprecedented look at his quest for a legacy-defining World Cup victory.
The filmmakers followed Messi throughout the Qatar World Cup, from the venue’s training grounds to the chaos of press junkets to the quiet contemplation of Messi’s private room. The series highlights a mash-up of the public and private worlds of the planet’s top living athlete as well as that of his loyal supporters across Argentina and those who made the pilgrimage to Qatar.
The series also features interviews with Messi, alongside conversations with teammates, coaches, competitors, fans and commentators testifying to the incredible influence and impact he has on a nation and the world throughout his career.
The docuseries charts his first match with the Argentina national football team where he was shown a red card in his first minute, to carrying the weight of a country on his shoulders through several elusive World Cup wins, leading to his early retirement in 2016, and ultimately the comeback to become a FIFA World Cup champion and be crowned the 2022 tournament’s best player.
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Separately, Apple TV+ revealed the trailer for new Apple Original podcast, “Under Cover of Knight.” In 1996, Sue Knight was found dead in her Athens, Texas, home. Her will named a loose acquaintance as the executor of her estate, but after an alleged phone call from the CIA and a dire warning from the local sheriff, the executor stopped asking questions. More than 25 years later, Sue’s memory haunts the town of Athens and the people who knew her. Who was Sue, really? Why did this English expat settle in small-town Texas? And could she still be alive?
New podcast episodes will debut weekly, beginning June 12, with the first two episodes, on Apple Podcasts and via RSS at apple.co/UnderCover.
“Under Cover of Knight” joins a growing offering of Apple Original podcasts now streaming on Apple Podcasts, including DuPont-winning “The Line,” Webby Award-winning “Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy,” Webby-nominated “Hooked,” “Project Unabom,” “Operation: Tradebom,” “Run Bambi Run” and “Missed Fortune.” Apple TV+ also offers official companion podcasts for Apple TV+ series, including Webby Award-winning “The Problem With Jon Stewart,” “Foundation,” “For All Mankind,” “Little America: The Official Podcast” and the docuseries “The Big Conn.”