The movie follows Leo Messi's journey from childhood to superstar

Messi, the non-fictional movie about the Argentinian superstar, directed by Álex de la Iglesia with a script by Jorge Valdano, comes out on New Year’s Day.

The official trailer, which you can watch here, offers a glimpse of the many special guests that appear in the full-length version, including some of the biggest names in world football, including Johan Cruyff, César Luis Menotti, Jorge Valdano and Alejandro Sabella, as well as current FC Barcelona players like Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta and Javier Mascherano.

The film was presented for the first time in Río de Janeiro during the Brazil 2014 World Cup, and has also been screened at the Venice Film Festival.

Leo Messi is presented as one of the biggest icons in the history of football and sport in general. Since the movie was made, he has gone on to further his legend by surpassing Telmo Zarra as the highest goalscorer in La Liga history, and then did likewise in the Champions League by topping the record held by Raúl González. And in both cases, he did the job in style by scoring hat-tricks.   

Messi combines archive footage with interviews and unpublished family recordings. And by recreating moments from the player’s past, Álex de la Iglesia particularly focuses on the player’s childhood and adolescence. Produced by Mediapro it is being distributed in Spanish cinemas by Avalon.