Messi Meets America, the new documentary series from Apple, is not included in MLS Season Pass, an Apple spokesperson told World Soccer Talk. Instead, subscribers to MLS Season Pass wanting to watch Apple’s Messi series will need to add Apple TV+, the subscription streaming service that costs $6.99 per month.

Produced by Smuggler Entertainment and Major League Soccer, Messi Meets America features behind-the-scenes footage of his arrival in MLS. Per Apple’s press release, it’ll also chronicle “Leo’s immersion in America, the remarkable journey and transformation of Inter Miami CF, and most significantly, the impact he is currently having on soccer in North America as ‘Messi Mania’ crisscrosses the continent.”

The first three episodes of Apple TV+’s Messi Meets America premieres globally on October 11. Those will be followed by the final three episodes, which are currently in production, later in the MLS season.

Will MLS fans upgrade to get Apple’s Messi series?

Normally with a new series on Apple TV+, the first episode is available as a free preview. However, an Apple spokesperson told World Soccer Talk that none of the episodes will be available for free. Instead, Apple TV+ is the only way to watch it.

Whether MLS fans who are already paying $99 per year for MLS Season Pass will fork over $6.99/month extra to watch Messi Meets America, we’ll have to wait and see.

In Apple’s announcement about the six-episode series, the tech giant made a point of mentioning “For a limited time, customers who purchase and activate a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy three months of Apple TV+ for free.”

The big question is whether there’ll be anything worth seeing in the series, especially for MLS fans who have watched many of the Inter Miami games with Messi.

What behind-the-scenes content would be worth watching in the series especially when it’s produced in association with the league itself?

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