Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has finally confirmed the rumours that he and his girlfriend are expecting a child.
The diminutive attacker had always been tight-lipped when questioned about the reports that he was expecting his first child with his partner, Antonella Roccuzzo, after his special celebration of his goal in Argentinaâ€™s 4-0 victory against Ecuador earlier in the month.
However, the 24-year-old has now announced that his girlfriend is pregnant, and even went as far as giving a prediction about the babyâ€™s gender.
â€śI think it will be a boy,â€ť Messi is quoted as saying by Ole.
â€śWe did not want to say anything because we never talk about our private life.
â€śBut we were constantly asked about it, so we wanted to share our joy.â€ť
The three-time Ballon dâ€™Or winner, who broke into Barcaâ€™s first team in 2004, scored 73 goals in all competitions in the 2011-12 season.