Football: Messi to become a father for second time

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi holds his son Thiago Messi before playing against Rayo Vallecano on March 8, 2015. Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi announced on Thursday he is to be a father again by posting a picture of his pregnant par
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi holds his son Thiago Messi before playing against Rayo Vallecano on March 8, 2015. Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi announced on Thursday he is to be a father again by posting a picture of his pregnant partner on social media. -- PHOTO: AFP

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi announced on Thursday he is to be a father again by posting a picture of his pregnant partner on social media.

The four-time Ballon d'Or, 27, took to Instagram (below) to post a picture of his son, Thiago, kissing Antonella Roccuzzo's stomach with the message: "Can't wait to welcome you into our world!!! We love you! Thiagui, mum and dad."

Local press in Argentina had been speculating about Messi's future fatherhood since February with newspaper Clarin saying the couple already knew they were due to have a baby boy who would be named Benjamin.

Messi and Roccuzzo's first son was born in November 2012.