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Lionel Messi biopic being developed ahead of WCup

Friday - 5/10/2013, 7:18am  ET

FC Barcelona's forward Lionel Messi, of Argentina, reacts after scoring against Betis during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

LONDON (AP) -- Lionel Messi's life story is set to hit the movie screens in time for the 2014 World Cup.

Epic Pictures Group says it is financing and developing a Rocky-style film after buying the rights to dramatize a biography about the Barcelona soccer star.

The Beverly Hills-based company says the biopic will chart Messi's rise from a modest background in Argentina and how he "overcame his physical shortcomings to become one of the greatest players of all time."

Co-founder Shaked Berenson hopes "audiences will be uplifted by this incredible tale of fighting for your dreams."


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