Barcelona Star Lionel Messi Welcomes Baby Boy Thiago into World, Twitter Abuzz

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 2, 2012

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 20:  Lionel Messi smiles prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Granada CF at Camp Nou on March 20, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. FC Barcelona won 5-3.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi is a dad. 

FoxSports reports the Barcelona forward and his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo have welcomed a little boy into the world, naming him Thiago. 

Congrats began trickling in on Twitter for the 25-year old maestro who is adding father to his list of life accomplishments. 

NOC TV offered a sentiment I think all football fans can agree with.

One pair of baby cleats, stat!Messi proved it himself, you can never be too small.Welcome, Thiago!

— The NOC (@TheNOCTV) November 2, 2012

Of course, a sports world that has a minuscule attention span can't wait for silly hypotheticals as seen in this tweet.

Wouldn't it be crazy if messi and Ronaldo's son both went pro in the future and had the same skills as their dad?

— Raul Vegas (@Raul_Vegas_4) November 2, 2012

 

Congrats abound, even from other football greats like former US Women's star, Mia Hamm.

Congratulations to Leo Messi and his girlfriend for the birth of their son , Thiago.

— Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) November 2, 2012

 

Per the FoxSports report, the team excused the Argentine superstar on Friday so he could be at his son's birth at a local Barcelona hospital. 

Coach Tito Vilanova offered hope that Messi would still feature in Barca's fixture against Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou. 

Leo had permission not to train today and, in principle, will be in the squad for tomorrow. The matter is personal and it's not my job to tell you what is happening. However, if all goes well, he will play.

We can only imagine little Messi will enjoy schoolyard fun when asked about his father. Many of us enjoyed boasting about our fathers growing . Thiago gets to offer, "Who's my dad? Oh, just Lionel Messi, the best player in the world."

Even the usual "my dad can beat up your dad" debate can be won by little Messi. "My dad is Lionel Messi, were you not listening?"

Messi sounded off on Facebook with pride. 

Today I am the happiest man in the world, my son was born and thanks to God for this gift! Thanks to my family for the support! A hug to everyone.

SI.com reminds us that the great news comes at a wonderful time in the footballer's career, being just two goals shy of 75 goals for domestic and international clubs in a year, a mark set by Pele in 1958. 

He could also capture his fourth Ballon d'Or. 

Still, it will all pale in comparison to holding his baby boy. 

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