A fan of Lionel Messi was so determined to name his child after the Argentine superstar that, although there was to be a twist, he pressed ahead regardless.
After initially expecting a boy, the ultrasound gave the prospective father a surprise with the news that he would be receiving a girl, and yet he still he didn’t want to abandon his tribute.
Having convinced his wife, the couple baptised the girl under the name Lionela.
Through Sergio Aguero, the father of the child, Beto, managed to get the news to Messi, who responded to the nice gesture with a video.
“Hello, Beto, I send you a big hug, I hope you are well,” Messi said. “Greetings to Lionela, I hope she is also well, the best for all of you.”