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Left field: Lionel Messi is opening his own theme park in China

The ‘Messi Experience Park’ is expected to open in 2019.

Lionel Messi announces the plans for the 'Messi Experience Park' in China.
Lionel Messi announces the plans for the 'Messi Experience Park' in China.
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WE’RE USED TO being entertained by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi on the field but the Argentine magician is looking to thrill fans away off the pitch now too.

Messi is set to branch out into the leisure industry and launch his own amusement park in China in 2019, it has been announced.

The ‘Messi Experience Park’ will have more than 20 attractions spread out on a site covering more than 80,000m2 in Nankin, south-east China.

The park will “immerse visitors in Messi’s universe, combining the latest attractions with spaces to take part in the top sport”, said audiovisual group Mediapro, who will run the venture alongside Chinese television group Phoenix Group and the Barcelona forward’s Leo Messi Management.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, 29, was the second-highest paid sportsman in the world last year, according to Forbes, with an income of €72.6 million euros, just behind his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo with €78.3 million.

© – AFP 2017

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