The name Messi may remain at Barcelona long after Lionel quits the scene latest developments suggest.
This follows reports in Spain that Barcelona has signed on Messi’s three-year old son, Thiago.
Thiago Messi it is understood has joined a project at Barcelona called FCBEscola. It is pre-kids training intended for children of athletes and members of all professional departments of the club as well as employees of the La Liga side.
FCBEscola is aimed at children between 3 and 5 years old who could then go on to play in the La Masia youth teams.
Messi only recently said in an interview that his son has not shown much enthusiasm for the round leather game; adding that he has no plans of forcing him against his wish.
In an interview with Argentine personality Mingo, Messi revealed: “I don’t buy him many balls or force him to play with them because he doesn’t like them that much.”
“Let’s see if he gets hooked”
And, in the same interview, Messi revealed that his son had signed for Barcelona, sort of, in a new project to get players’ kids playing football, Messi added “Let’s see if he gets hooked that way, it would be a good start.”
While it is still a long way into the future, the prospect of seeing Messi’s son step in to his shoes will be a good omen for the game.