Lionel Messi to become a father again, posts picture online

May 01, 2015, 12:24 IST | AFP

Buenos Aires: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi announced on Thursday he is to be a father again by posting a picture of his pregnant partner on social media.

Lionel Messi, Messi wife, Thiago
Lionel Messi's wife Antonella Roccuzzo and his son Thiago. Pic Courtesy/Lionel Messi's Instagram account. (Inset) Lionel Messi. Pic/AFP 

The four-time Ballon d'Or, 27, took to Instagram to post a picture of his son, Thiago, kissing Antonella Roccuzzo's stomach with the message: "Can't wait to welcome you into our world!!! We love you! Thiagui, mum and dad."

Local press in Argentina had been speculating about Messi's future fatherhood since February with newspaper Clarin saying the couple already knew they were due to have a baby boy who would be named Benjamin. Messi and Roccuzzo's first son was born in November 2012.

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