Footballer Leo Messi has shared a photo of his baby son for the first time. The image 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 to the sports hero”s Facebook page.
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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 player in a statement.
Leo described himself as the” happiest man in the world” when his son was born on 2 November 2012, adding: “Thanks to God for this gift!”
The footie star first revealed he was to become a father on home turf in Argentina by jokingly stuffing a football up his shirt to celebrate scoring a goal during a match earlier that summer. He later confirmed Antonella”s pregnancy on Facebook.
In further homage to his lookalike son, the player has a tattoo of his son”s handprints and date of birth on his left calf.
Leo and Antonella have been dating since 2009. Known for keeping his hometown of Rosario close to his heart, it came as no surprise that Antonella was also a Rosario-born girl.
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 posted.