Inter’s Antonio Cassano has named his newborn son Lionel in honour of Barcelona and Argentina ace Lionel Messi.
“This is the second biggest joy in my life after the birth of my first son,” the forward told TV show Undici.
“I named him Lionel because I’m a massive fan of the best player in history. My wife wasn’t keen, but I then convinced her.
“In my opinion Messi is the most important player in history. I’m in love with him on a footballing level.”
Lionel was born at 20.10 local time last night and weighed in at 3.3kg.
Mum Carolina and baby are doing fine. The couple named their first son Christopher.