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Footballer Leo Messi shows off his lookalike son Thiago

15 APRIL 2013

Footballer Leo Messi has shared a photo of his baby son for the first time. The cute snap shows the FC Barcelona player and his girlfriend Antonella Rocuzzo enjoying themselves at the beach with their five-month-old Thiago.  

"Afternoon stroll with Thiago!" reads the caption, which was posted on the sports hero's Facebook page.

 

Leo Messi

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The Argentine striker has been out of action since early April because of a hamstring injury, which he picked up in a Champions League match against David Beckham's team Paris Saint-Germain.

"I will be back soon. Thankfully it was not so serious," said the 25-year-old, who won the Ballon D'Or, equivalent to a player of the year prize, for the fourth time in 2012.

Leo described himself as the" happiest man in the world" when the little boy was born on 2 November that year, adding: "Thanks to God for this gift!"

The footie star first revealed he was to become a father during a match in Argentina the previous June. After scoring a goal he jokingly stuffing a football up his shirt in celebration and later confirmed Antonella's pregnancy on Facebook.

In homage to his lookalike son, the player has a tattoo of his son's handprints and date of birth on his left calf.

 

Leo Messi

 

Leo has been dating Antonella, a fellow native of his home city Rosario, which is just north of Buenos Aires, since 2009.

With more than 44 million fans on Facebook, the footballer has a strong social networking presence. But this is one of the first family snaps, he has ever posted.

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