Messi’s wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, shared a video on Instagram of Mateo, Messi’s three-year-old middle son. Kneeling on a plush white carpet and clad in a red and blue Barcelona jersey (of course), Mateo begins by showing off his singing skills with a spirited rendition of a song about Zorro, complete with sword-slashing choreography. He is sitting on a soccer ball, teetering back and forth and looking right at the camera.
At this point, it seems more likely that Mateo will win a Grammy than a Ballon d’Or. But then, all of a sudden, he decides to show that he’s a double threat. Mateo stands up and tosses the ball onto the ground a few inches in front of him. As it bounces, he quickly strikes the ball with his right foot without much of a wind-up at all. The ball zips into the camera and there’s a half second of joyful chaos before the video ends.
Whether it’s nature or nurture, the genetic gifts of being a Messi or simply growing up calling one of the greatest players ever Dad, it’s clear that Mateo has some soccer skills. He’s a few years younger than the son of Messi’s on-again, off-again rival, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., who has shown off his own skills on video. Still, Roccuzzo’s post gives us hope that we’ll get to see these two square off if Argentina and Portugal meet in the 2036 FIFA World Cup.
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