In a move reminiscent of Lionel Messi’s foray into the world of soccer documentaries, David Beckham, the Inter Miami executive and celebrated player, now has his own feature. While Messi’s series, ‘Messi Meets America,’ premieres on Apple TV+, Beckham’s self-titled documentary can be found on Netflix, with its release on October 4th. This four-part series offers an intimate look at Beckham’s extraordinary journey as a player.
Beckham’s documentary is not alone in this burgeoning genre. Messi’s series, set to debut on Apple TV+ on October 11th, represents a strategic move by both Netflix and Apple to draw in viewers through these soccer superstar profiles.
Soccer documentaries have become increasingly prevalent in recent years. CBS, for example, has ‘Destination: European Nights’ focusing on the Champions League, narrated by Guillen Balague. Additionally, Netflix and Apple have made significant strides in this arena, with Netflix’s documentary series chronicling the 2022 World Cup and Apple TV+’s ‘Super League: The War for Football.
Trailer released for the Apple documentary about Messi 🍿pic.twitter.com/BxC8tHf8s4
— World Soccer Talk (@worldsoccertalk) October 2, 2023
While Beckham and Messi may find themselves in a virtual face-off on screens, Beckham plays a pivotal role in Messi’s feature on Apple. As a key figure in Major League Soccer and with Inter Miami, Beckham played an instrumental part in bringing the Argentine star to the league, describing him as “one of the greatest players in the world.”
‘Messi Meets America’ primarily centers on Messi’s transition to MLS, whereas Beckham’s four-part series takes a broader perspective. It delves into the ascendancy and playing career of one of the most iconic figures in the sport. The documentary offers unparalleled access to Beckham, his family, and his former teammates.
BECKHAM vs FERGIE
David Beckham and teammates retell the story of what happened between Becks, Fergie and Solskjaer's cleat pic.twitter.com/t8ODmUCZ41
— World Soccer Talk (@worldsoccertalk) October 5, 2023
For soccer enthusiasts, the release of these documentaries is a true blessing. Apple and Netflix may be in competition, but this abundance of content is a welcomed addition for fans seeking more than just live games and related coverage. These documentaries provide an in-depth look at two of the most influential players in recent soccer history.