“Thiago Phenomenal But Mateo Terrible”

Lionel Messi has hailed his eldest son Thiago as a “phenomenon” when it comes to his football ability, but the Barcelona star does not hold high expectations of Mateo just yet.

“They’re very different,” Messi told TyC Sports. “Thiago is a phenomenon, really good. And the other, the exact opposite: he’s a son of a bitch.”

Messi’s use of the colloquial expression “hijo de puta” was more of an indictment on his youngest’s skill, instead of a harsh personal insult on him and wife Antonella Roccuzzo.

He continued: “Mateo is terrible. It’s really good seeing how different they are. Mateo does play a bit of football, right-footed. He’s more coordinated. He hits it well. But, he’s small.

“Thiago likes cars, motorcycles, he likes soccer, but even then he plays a little bit and gets tired.”

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