Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi is about to put his skills to a very different test after it was revealed he will appear in a television show.
The Argentina star is set to feature in Los Protectores, a series made in his native country, after temporarily trading his boots for the bright lights of the small screen.
With a World Cup looming at Qatar 2022 and another year on his contract at Parc des Princes, fans need not worry that it is the end of a highly successful career – but the forward might just have another magic touch on his hands.
The Argentine will appear in the second season of Los Protectores, a comedy-drama that tracks the fortunes of three football agents who, in order to stave off bankruptcy, make an alliance to represent a major international star.
Messi is expected to have a small role in the global production, which will air its next run in 2023, and was able to film his scenes while playing in Paris, impressing his co-stars.
“It really surprised us all, not only with his quality as a person but also with his acting quality,” actor Andres Parra stated.
Messi is far from the first football superstar to take time out from their busy schedule for a television role he joins the likes of Neymar and Beckham in doing so. Neymar made a memorable cameo on the hit Netflix series Money Heist, while David Beckham had a brief turn on a charity special of the popular British sitcom Only Fools and Horses.