Lionel Messi’s Son Thiago Makes Inter Miami Academy Debut As U12s Win 2–0 in First Friendly

Lionel Messi’s Son Thiago Makes Inter Miami Academy Debut As U12s Win 2–0 in First Friendly

Elijah Odetokun
updated at September 15, 2023 at 1:40 PM
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  • Lionel Messi is enjoying a flying start to life with MLS franchise Inter Miami
  • The Argentina captain moved to the US after running down his PSG contract
  • His first son Thiago has also begun his football journey with the club's academy

Lionel Messi is approaching the end of his illustrious career, but the name Messi may continue on the pitch for years to come with his first son, Thiago, beginning his football journey.

Messi moved to the Major League Soccer with Inter Miami in July after running down his Paris Saint-Germain contract, ending weeks of speculation about his future.

He has helped the club, which is statistically the worst team in MLS, to become one of the best in North America and win the inaugural Leagues Cup.

Lionel Messi, Thiago Messi, DRV PNK Stadium, Inter Miami.
Thiago Messi(L) has joined Inter Miami academy. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP.
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His influence on the pitch has also helped the team to move within six points off the playoff places with eight games to go, while also booking a spot in the US Open Cup final against Houston Dynamo on September 27.

Thiago Messi plays for Inter Miami U12

As reported by CBS Sports, Thiago Messi joined the U-12 division of the club's academy three weeks ago ahead of the new season and has been training with his colleagues.

Messi's first son, 10, is not the first to do this. David Beckham's son Romeo was previously enrolled there, while former manager Phil Neville's son is still on the roster.

As spotted in a video shared on X (formerly Twitter) by Inter Miami Academy, the team beat Weston FC 2-0 on Thiago's first outing, and he was spotted celebrating with his teammates.

The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner's other sons, Mateo, 8 and Ciro, 5, have also been spotted enjoying kickabouts on the pitch before and after their father's games.

Antonella's well-wish to Mateo

Sports Brief previously reported that Messi missed Mateo's 8th birthday to be with his Argentina national teammates for the game against Bolivia despite not being in the matchday squad.

His wife, Antonella, shared a beautiful message on Instagram for their second son. Messi was absent on his son's day - an act hailed by his teammate, Rodrigo De Paul.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.