Dir Alex De La Iglesia, 2014, Spain, 93min, No Age Restriction, Spanish w/English Subtitles | Cast Lionel Messi, Johan Cruyff | Keywords Drama, Superstars, Journey | Courtesy of Imagina | Presented by New Albion Sports

SYDNEY | Friday 23 October | 6.30pm | Palace Norton Street, Leichhardt | Session finished

Director Álex de la Iglesia’s recent offering highlights the genius of Lionel Messi – a man who polarises opinion in spite of his astonishing ability.

The film dramatises Messi's early life and mixes it with documentary footage and interviews with some of the most famous men in soccer’s recent history. Included in this group is Dutch legend (and former Barcelona player and manager) Johan Cruyff, World Cup-winning Argentina manager, César Luis Menotti, and Messi's current teammates Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Piqué.

This balance of opinion and revelation gives a wide perspective of a man who himself has always avoided the spotlight. Written by former Real Madrid manager, Jorge Voldano. 

Official selection – Venice Film Festival, 2014