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Messi becomes a father

2012-11-02 19:45

Barcelona - Lionel Messi's girlfriend gave birth to a baby boy, the Barcelona star's first child, on Friday.

Messi and his girlfriend Antonella Rocuzzo named the boy Thiago.

Barcelona excused the 25-year-old Argentina forward from training Friday morning to attend his son's birth at a hospital in Barcelona.

In a recent interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, Messi said he was looking forward to becoming a father.

"I'm prepared for Thiago's arrival, it is very exciting," said Messi. "It makes you think of things in a different way. You can no longer just think about yourself, you think about him, and how you hope he doesn't have any problems."

Earlier Friday, Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova said he still expected Messi to play in Saturday's Spanish league match against Celta Vigo at Camp Nou stadium.

"Leo didn't attend training, but tomorrow he will play in the match," said Vilanova. "If everything goes well, he will come to play. It doesn't change our plans at all that he didn't train today."

Thiago's birth was reported by various Spanish news outlets, and Messi's father, Jorge, told Argentine news agency Telam that he had been born.

AP

Comments
  • leonard.menge - 2012-11-02 20:33

    If Messi as my hero is doing it why not me I want to do it too, I will impregnate my girlfriend before December this year. I just can't watch my hero from the sidlines and wait for Marriage the b

  • teddy.beer.319 - 2012-11-02 20:35

    I hear that Chippa Utd have lined up a deal for the boy rumoured to be in the range of R50 000 per week. He is expected to undergo a medical and will be unveiled as their new star striker soon! LOL

      nanivintage.ngoasheng - 2012-11-03 06:53

      Lol wa gafa

  • burger.geldenhuys - 2012-11-02 22:44

    And why don't you report about the problems too.. That there wasn't enough fluid and the baby had to be cut out......

  • kamogelo.majoe - 2012-11-02 23:52

    congratulations. i wonder how it feels like to be a first time father?

  • nanivintage.ngoasheng - 2012-11-03 06:51

    Hehe he finally scored!

  • romeo.s.estara - 2012-11-03 18:23

    i guess messi's kid and jnr ronaldo will continue their dad's feud in a short ime from now.........of course jnr will win

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