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Seven footballers who took a shot at the entertainment field, with varying success

As if he has not entertained soccer fans enough on the pitch, now Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi will be the subject of a new Cirque du Soleil show next year that focuses on the superstar’s stellar career.

Agence France-Presse reports that the five-time world player of the year confirmed the new development and was humbled by the offer.

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“I am proud to announce the creation of a new Cirque du Soleil show in 2019 based on the story of my life and passion for football,” said Messi, whose Instagram feed showed him clad in a T-shirt of the Canadian troupe famed for their extravagant shows.

Messi had posted a video on Monday of himself wearing the shirt and juggling what appeared to be a red clown nose.

A post shared by Cirque du Soleil (@cirquedusoleil) on Oct 11, 2018 at 7:41am PDT

He isn’t the first soccer player to dabble in show business when not doing his day job. Here are seven others who enjoyed some fame off the pitch.

1. Vinnie Jones

For English soccer hard man Vinnie Jones, all he had to do was translate his midfield enforcer persona onto the big screen and he suddenly had a film career.

Having helped Wimbledon win the FA Cup in 1988, and playing professionally for 15 years with other English clubs such as Leeds United and Chelsea, Jones found even more fame by appearing in the Guy Ritchie films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch.

Hollywood soon beckoned and he has been playing the bad-guy

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