Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique's Children Join Barcelona's School

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2016

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 04:  (L-R) Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique in discussion during a Barcelona training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match against Atletico Madrid at San Joan Despi training ground on April 4, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Barcelona's football school for youngsters took on three new students on Monday—the children of Blaugrana stars Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique. 

According to the Mirror's Ed Malyon, three-year-olds Thiago Messi and Milan Pique, along with Benjamin Suarez—who celebrates his third birthday on September 26—enjoyed their first day at Barca's "FCB Escola," which is open to the children of all club employees.

The school, which has football classes for the children on Mondays and Wednesdays, can serve as a gateway into the club's La Masia academy—where the older Messi and Pique learned the tricks of the trade—and is intended to instil the "Barca DNA" in their play from a young age.

As Squawka News noted, the club could have struck gold:

The proud fathers were all in attendance to see their sons having been given the day off following their comprehensive win over Leganes on Saturday.

It is, of course, extremely early days—there's no guarantee any of them will pursue football as a career.

If they do, Barcelona will be hoping for three cases of like father, like son.