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Lionel Messi shows off his son, and baby lookalike, Thiago as he’s given a rest by Barcelona

Brooks Peck
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(Leo Messi's Facebook page)

Barcelona have decided to keep Lionel Messi (along with Jose Manuel Pinto, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba) out of Sunday's match against Real Zaragoza as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. So with his weekend free, Messi and his partner, Antonella Rocuzzo, took their five-month-old son Thiago to the beach.

Normally very private, Messi shared a rare picture of his family on Facebook and the resemblance between him and his son is quite striking. Not only are they almost the same size now, but they also have similar haircuts and the same effortless smile that says, "Oops! I just scored four goals on you and now I'm going to watch cartoons."

Messi made a cameo appearance to inspire Barcelona's comeback as they eliminated PSG from the Champions League earlier in the week, but with a 13-point lead in La Liga, his health won't be risked relegation threatened Zaragoza.

UPDATE: DT's own Ryan Bailey adjusted the image to illustrate the resemblance. Or something like that...

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