Lionel Messi Says His Children Still Keenly Follow Barcelona Matches

Lionel Messi Says His Children Still Keenly Follow Barcelona Matches

Edwin Kiplagat
September 21, 2023 at 8:07 PM
  • Lionel Messi says his children speak to him about Barcelona
  • Messi left the club in 2021, and his three children grew up in Barcelona
  • Since leaving the club, Messi has played for PSG and now Inter Miami in the MLS

In August 2021, Lionel Messi left Barcelona after 21 hugely successful years. It was an outcome many football fans never foresaw. The 36-year-old left the club as arguably their best-ever player.

His three children were all born when Messi was still playing for Barcelona. The Inter Miami star recently revealed that they still follow Barcelona and give him updates.

Lionel Messi, Antonella Roccuzzo, Barcelona, La Liga
Lionel Messi had his best years at Barcelona. Photo by Europa Press.
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Messi and his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, became parents for the first time on November 2, 2012, when they welcomed their son Thiago. This was Messi's greatest year in his career. He scored 91 goals that year, and no one came close.

Their second son, Mateo, was born in 2015, the year Messi won another treble with Barcelona. Their third child, Ciro, was born in 2018, per People. Incidentally, Messi won two of his seven Ballon d'Or in 2012 and 2015.

All his children, therefore, have spent part of their childhood in Barcelona and fell in love with the club.

Messi's children follow Barcelona

Recently, the former PSG star revealed how his children still talk to him about Barcelona.

"My children always say... 'Dad, Barça won the game today'... They are always happy when they say that," he said, via Barca Universal.

After Messi left the club, Barcelona won the title in 2018/19 and 2022/23 despite their serious financial issues.

Messi left Barcelona because the club didn't have enough of a wage budget to give him a new contract since he was a free agent in the summer of 2021.

Under La Liga rules, clubs could only spend a certain amount of their revenue on new players and their salaries, and Barca's revenue had dipped significantly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, per 90min.

Messi on his Barcelona tattoo

Sports Brief earlier reported on Messi explaining why he has a Barcelona tattoo on his leg.

On his left leg, he has a tattoo of his son Thiago's hands along with the name of his firstborn child, the number 10- a number he wears for both club and country- and a football. He also added a logo of Barcelona on his leg sleeve this year.

"My Barça tattoo? Look, I got this tattoo to show my love for the club that made me who I am."
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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.
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