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Lionel Messi News: When Will The Film About The FC Barcelona Star Be Released?

By Staff Reporter, Posted: 05/10/13 11:35AM EDT

A Beverly Hills-based movie company is in the beginning stages of developing a movie based on the life of soccer star Lionel Messi.

Epic Pictures Group is starting the process of meeting with writers and directors to make a film based on the Messi biography "Messi: The Insider Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend" written by Luca Caioli.

The film will be a "Rocky-style film" looking at Messi's childhood in Rosario, Argentina's third largest city. The film will look at his upbringing and his rags-to-riches story of becoming the one of the greatest soccer players in history. His 5-foot-7 frame was a detriment early in his career, and the film will showcase how he turned being underestimated on the field to his advantage. 

"The goal is to make a powerful and positive film that will leave audiences feeling inspired to go after their dreams no matter how impossible they may seem," said Epic Pictures CEO Patrick Ewald to Variety.

Epic co-founder Shaed Berenson hopes that "audiences will be uplifted by this incredible tale of fighting for your dreams."

Messi currently plays for FC Barcelona, who plays in the Spanish football league La Liga. He is also the captain of Argentinean national team. In January, he became the first man to ever win FIFA's Ballon d'Or prize (soccer's player of the year award) four times, which he won consecutively. He also set the European record with 73 goals in the 2011-2012 season, the most scored in a single season. 

Messi cemented his claim as the best player in the world after he was inserted into Barcelona's game against Real Betis last Sunday in the 56th minute with the score tied at two. Messi, who missed Barcelona's Champions League against Bayern Munich last Wednesday due to hamstring issues, proceeded to score two goals and carry Barcelona to a 4-2 win. That win put Barcelona closer to a La Liga title.

The Messi film is tentatively set to hit theaters in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Messi will be attempting to lead his Argentina team to their first World Cup title since 1986.

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