A Game of Secrets
A young man hacks the global football industry to expose its most nefarious characters, making him-self the target of powerful agents.
The mastermind behind Football Leaks is on trial for having stolen thousands of confidential documents to expose professional football’s deepest secrets. He faces thirty years in prison.
Revelations about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi lead to criminal charges, but the real target of Football Leaks are the agents, a group of middlemen taking massive cuts from every transfer deal – perverting a game that belongs to its fans, says Football Leaks.
One such agent, a charismatic Portuguese in business with Kazakh oligarchs, hires private detectives to track down the leak. The manhunt ends on an early January morning when the police raids an apartment in Budapest and arrests Rui Pinto, a scruffy, diminutive hacker and passionate football romantic. The story of Football Leaks reads like a true crime thriller.
Through Pinto’s trial and spectacular revelations we gain new insights into the hidden forces controlling a game gone billion-dollar industry – where 700-percent profits and parties on private islands are part of the business model. With exclusive access to the top agents who usually shy away from the cameras, this film explores the ever-booming football economy through its wildly successful middlemen.