Press Release

The new show inspired by football legend Leo Messi to premiere in Barcelona, on October 10, 2019

Barcelona, Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Tickets pre-sale starts on Feb 4, 2019
General on-sale begins on Feb 7, 2019

Cirque du Soleil and PopArt Music are thrilled to announce the on-sale dates of the new show Messi10 by Cirque du Soleil.For the occasion, media were invited to a special presentation of the creative concept of the most-awaited production to premiere in Barcelona on October 10, 2019 at Parc del Fòrum, and tour the world starting in 2020.

Promising to bean explosive, fan fuelled inspiring experience, Messi10 by Cirque du Soleil acrobatically uncovers the athleticism, devotion and brilliance that bridges the world of football and circus by celebrating the magic behind the greatest footballer of our time.

“With Messi10 by Cirque du Soleil, we explore how hard work, sacrifice and determination prove that anything is possible”, explains Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar, show writer and stage director. “With a stage completely reimagined, we bring together the electric atmosphere of stadiums and the intimacy of theatre to allow fans to interact with the performers and feel closer to the action.”


Messi10 by Cirque du Soleil tells the story of a young man with boundless ambition to overcome all obstacles in becoming the greatest number 10 in the world. Exploring all the elements of his success, the show creates a universe where greatness is found in bouncing back to your feet, no matter how many times you are brought down on your way to achieving the impossible. 

The cast of 46 performers will take the audience and the fans on a euphoric 90 minute thrill ride that combines breathtaking physical performance with unthinkable poetic wonder, using a rousing soundtrack as a springboard for greatness.

 “It feels both crazy and incredible that Cirque du Soleil is creating a show based on my life, my passion, my sport”, expresses Leo Messi. “Cirque du Soleil is a family favorite of ours. I have no doubt this show will amaze people as I love what I’ve seen so far.” 

“We are really excited to work on this new show with Cirque du Soleil, Leo Messi and Sony Music. I have no doubt audiences will be dazzled by this breathtaking show that artistically translates the unparalleled talent that Messi displays in each match”, says Sergio Lavié, co-founder at PopArt Music. “It marks a before and after.” 

“Sony Music is honoured to partner with PopArt and Cirque du Soleil on a truly one-of-a-kind experience that reimagines the life and passions of the world’s greatest footballer, Leo Messi. We are thrilled to deliver the music that complements this incredible story of talent, dedication and family with an inspiring and visually moving show”, comments Afo Verde, Chairman & CEO Sony Music Latin Iberia.


Fans worldwide who dream to be Messi at least for one day will have their chance at a new experience offered right next to the show site, the Messi10 Challenge

“Football equals childhood, school, family, friends; football is passion. And Leo equals football. He is the key to the game. He is the footballer that every fan wants in his team, the player that we want to imitate. Being Messi for one day is the dream that every fan has. With this new show, we wanted to celebrate Messi’s talent and legacy, but also to go an extra mile and offer fans an unprecedented entertainment experience”, explains Sergio Lavié. “Fans of all ages will enjoy the Messi10 Challenge.”

This additional attraction will take place in a 2,500 square meter area next to the show site, and will open its doors 3 hours before the show. Messi’s fans will participate in different games to accumulate points: they will imitate the star’s incredible dribbles, emulate the champ’s free kicks, answer trivia about the footballer’s career, and even try to nutmeg two opponents. Fans will also have the chance to talk live with an interactive Messi, revive firsthand the most memorable moments of Leo’s career using VR glasses and purchase exclusive merchandising, among other attractions. 

Each day, the participant with more points will be crowned the “Messi of the Day” and will live an exclusive experience during the show.


Cirque du Soleil’s commitment goes beyond the performance. They aim to positively impact people and communities with what they know best: creativity and art. Their social implication in Barcelona and in l’Hospitalet de Llobregat will be amplified with Messi10 by Cirque du Soleil, with activities offered to different educational, cultural and sports organizations.


Messi10 by Cirque du Soleil will be presented at Parc del Fòrum. Barcelona will be the only stop of the show in Spain.

Upcoming Cirque du Soleil Big Top touring shows will be presented at l’Hospitalet de Llobregat.


Tickets for Messi10 by Cirque du Soleil will go on pre-sale with special discounts on February 4, 2019, exclusively for fans who have pre-registered on and FCB members and peñistas, starting at 38 euros.

General on-sale begins on February 7, 2019.

Tickets for Messi10 Challenge will be available at 35 euros, exclusively for fans who purchase tickets to the show, and cannot be purchased independently. This attraction is age 5+ recommended.

To find out more about Messi10 by Cirque du Soleil visit 


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About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group

Originally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in live entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to over 190 million spectators with productions presented in close to 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group currently has over 4,000 employees, including 1,400 artists, from nearly 70 countries.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group creates content for a broad range of audacious projects. On top of producing world-renowned shows, the organization has extended its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please go to

Messi10 by Cirque du Soleil is Cirque du Soleil’s 46th original production since 1984.

About PopArt Music

PopArt Music is a leading business group formed by professionals with more than 20 years of experience in the music industry, who has worked with several of the most important artists in the world. They fully develop concerts, theatrical shows and events throughout Latin America. In addition, PopArt Music has developed, together with its clients, new concepts and strategies for their brands, generating a strong bond and long-term relationships. PopArt Music partnered for the first time with Cirque du Soleil in 2015 for the creation and production of Sép7imo Día-No Descansaré, celebrating the music of the Argentinean iconic band Soda Stereo that toured Latin America in 2017 and 2018, selling more than 1.5 million tickets.

About Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Records, Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, Black Butter Records, BPG Music, Bystorm Entertainment, Century Media, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Descendant Records, Disruptor Records, Epic Records, Essential Records, Essential Worship, Fo Yo Soul Recordings, House of Iona Records, Insanity Records, Keep Cool, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, Masterworks, Masterworks Broadway, Ministry of Sound Recordings, Monument Records, OKeh, Polo Grounds Music, Portrait, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Relentless Records, Reunion Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music and Verity Records. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

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Media Contacts

Genevieve Laurendeau, Cirque du Soleil 

Denise Cancian, PopArt Music - Urban Grupo de Comunicación

Georgia Taglietti, Advanced Music