Barcelona star Lionel Messi has paid tribute to recently born son Thiago by having a tribute to his first child inked onto his leg.

Messi was at a Unicef event with Barcelona teammate and compatriot Javier Mascherano on Thursday with his left calf bandaged, raising fears the 25-year-old was carrying an injury.

But, in fact, Messi had his leg covered to protect his new tattoo, which portrays the hands of his first born above the youngster's name.

Messi is on international duty with Argentina for the encounters with Venezuela and Bolivia, and joins up with his nation on a typically potent spell of goalscoring form.

The Barcelona forward has found the net in 19 consecutive La Liga games for the Camp Nou club, and has 55 goals in all competitions for the Catalan giants so far this season.

Should Messi score in his next outing for Barcelona, then he would have registered a success against every La Liga team this term in successive encounters.

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