Barcelona star Lionel Messi becomes father

Congratulations are in order for Barcelona’s striker Lionel Messi and girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo, after welcoming their baby boy Thiago.

Barca excused the 25-year-old Argentina forward from practice on Friday to attend his son’s birth at a hospital in Barcelona.

Earlier in the week, Messi’s new bundle of joy was presented with a pair of golden boots to accompany the set his father earned last season in La Liga:

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