Fundacion Leo Messi denies birth rumours

Reports had circulated that the Barcelona forward's first child had been born, but the player's charitable organisation has now stated that they were false

Barcelona star Lionel Messi's charitable organisation Fundacion Leo Messi has moved to deny reports that the 25-year-old's first son has been born.

ViWiMe, a radio station from the player's native Argentina, had written on Twitter that his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo had given birth, only for no confirmation to be made on the matter.

The rumour led the forward's fans to send messages of support and congratulations to him, however, it has now been announced that the reports were false.

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"Lionel and his family thank you for all your comments and loving messaged received today," the statement, on the organisation's Facebook page, read.

"However, they would like to say that the information about the birth of Leo's son that has been doing the rounds is totally false."

Messi is currently preparing for Sunday's Clasico clash with Real Madrid at Camp Nou, with Barcelona currently eight Liga points ahead of the Spanish champions.