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Lionel Messi celebrates with his first son Thiago after Barcelona won the La Liga title in the 2012-13 seasonReuters

Footballer Lionel Messi welcomed his second son  -- Mateo -- with girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo on 11 September, 2015. His older son Thiago will turn three in November. 

While Messi missed the club's training session on Friday to be with the new mother, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has confirmed that Messi will be available for today's La Liga game against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderón.

Barca allowed the star forward a leave from the training on Friday for "personal reasons".

"He [Messi] is available to play. He is on the list. The club gave him permission not to train today for personal reasons," Enrique said in the pre-match presser. 

Reports surfaced in the Spanish media yesterday that the newborn was going to be named Benjamin. However, the Barcelona hotshot's brother, Matias Messi, mentioned in a series of tweets that the media have been reporting prematurely about the same, and said that the little one had been named Mateo.

The news has been lapped up by the social media with several of Messi's fans and followers congratulating him.


Messi has become father for the second time. His girlfriend Antonella gave today birth to the couple's second son, Mateo. ?‍?‍?‍?

Posted by Leo Messi Fans on Friday, 11 September 2015

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