London: Could this be the first football kit a future superstar wears?
Lionel Messi received this tiny Argentina stripes from international teammate Sergio Aguero as the pair met up in Riyadh ahead of their country’s friendly against Saudi Arabia, a London daily reported on Tuesday.
Barcelona striker Messi, who broke Pele’s record of 75 goals in a calendar year on Sunday, looks grateful as he held up the miniature iconic blue and white-striped Argentina shirt for his two-week-old son, Thiago.
Manchester City’s diminutive hitman Aguero appears to have pledged to buy the kit for Messi’s baby boy, as he tweeted a picture of the two friends holding up the kit.Aguero opted to give Thiago a No. 10 shirt — the same number his father wears for both club and country.
Despite not being able to walk yet – let alone run – baby Thiago has already been made a member of Newell’s Old Boys’ supporters club, after an agreement was reached between the Argentina club and the infant’s grandfather.
Messi played at Newell’s at youth level before making the trip to Barcelona, aged 13. Thiago, who was born on November 2, was issued with an official club membership card last week and will receive a kit from Newell’s.
Lionel Messi was born in the Argentine city of Rosario, located 200 miles north west of Buenos Aires and remains a fan of Newell’s, his hometown team.
Newell’s is in the midst of one of its best seasons in memory, sitting on top of the Argentine first division under new coach Gerardo Martino.
Martino coached Paraguay to the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
If Messi’s talent is anything to go by, Thiago could grow into an exceptionally talented footballer too, but Aguero also has a son from the best possible football stock.
Benjamin Aguero isn’t just fathered by the prolific City goalscorer Sergio, but the three-year-old’s grandfather is the legendary Diego Maradona, who happens to have been another iconic No 10 for Argentina.
In years to come, perhaps Thiago Messi and Benjamin Aguero will be battling it out to be the next heroic Argentina No 10... (agencies)