The football icons tell the stories of their career-defining matches – classic performances and the intense emotion – with testimony from team-mates
Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Jose Mourinho will all feature in DAZN’s landmark new interview series, The Making Of, which will see the three icons of modern football relive the games that helped define them.
Taking an immersive dive into the moments that made them, each superstar reflects on some of their most memorable matches during the nine-part series – which is released on August 9 – revealing unique insights, recalling the emotion of each occasion and, ultimately, the impact it had on their lives.
Among the nine transformational games focused on in The Making Of are Ronaldo’s mythic appearance for Sporting against Manchester United in 2003, while Mourinho dissects his legendary Champions League last-16 victory over the Red Devils in 2004, which saw him sprint down the touchline of Old Trafford in elation as he celebrated with his players.
Brazil hero Neymar’s rise to global prominence comes under close inspection as the forward looks back on his amazing display for Santos against Flamengo in 2011, in which he scored that year’s Puskas Award-winning goal with an outrageous solo effort.
The deeply personal reflections of Ronaldo, Neymar and Mourinho are complemented by the illuminating testimonies of others who shared a pitch with them on those fateful nights.
World Cup-winner Roberto Carlos, former Manchester United defender John O’Shea and ex Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar feature, as well as Barcelona midfielder Rafinha and current Portugal boss Fernando Santos.
The journalists who covered the historic games and the fans who were in the stadium to witness the individual triumphs of Ronaldo, Neymar and Mourinho also deliver their verdicts.
Directed by Dan Riley and produced by Ian Henderson, The Making Of combines archive footage with exclusive interviews and user-generated content, with each star coming face-to-face with full-size projections of the matches which thrust them onto new levels of notoriety.
It is DAZN’s first global series, following Being Mario Gotze, the documentary series Canelo vs. Rocky, MotoGP documentary In Our Blood and most recently, 40 Days and ABOUT: The story behind the upset of the era, a behind-the-scenes examination of the historic Anthony Joshua vs Ruiz Jr heavyweight title fight.
“Football is a sport full of inspiring stories, powered by super-human emotion, sacrifice and ecstasy,” said Grant Best, SVP of Original Programming & Content Development at DAZN.
“Our access to these global football icons enabled us to intimately spend time re-living what they feel are some of the greatest moments in their football history, from their perspective, which is incredibly powerful, moving and enlightening.
“Our original content aims to engage fans and bring them closer to the sports they love, which The Making Of captures beautifully.”
The DAZN Originals series was produced in association with UK-based creative production company Archer’s Mark and will be available to sports fans in the United States and Canada, as well as Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland in Europe. DAZN subscribers in Japan and Brazil will also be able to tune in.
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