Barcelona star Lionel Messi has apparently become a father, with reports emerging that his partner Antonella Roccuzzo has given birth.

Though the family are yet to confirm anything officially, Mundo Deportivo are among the sources reporting that Thiago Messi was born a short while ago this afternoon.

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova stated earlier today that whilst he still expected the Argentine attacker to feature against Celta Vigo tomorrow, he had been excused from today's training, in order to accompany Antonella to the Hospital USP Dexeus, where many reporters and photographers are camped out in anticipation.

Appropriately enough, the room the birth took place in at the hospital has a view of Camp Nou.

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