The Italian and Inter Milan´s forward Antonio Cassano became a father for the second time on Monday, and the Italian international chose to name his newborn son Lionel in homage to Lionel Messi.

“This is the second biggest joy in my life after the birth of my first son,Lionel was born, he’s my Messi” the forward told TV show Undici.

“I named him Lionel because I’m a massive fan of the best player in history. My wife wasn’t keen, but I then convinced her.

“In my opinion Messi is the most important player in history. I’m in love with him on a footballing level.”

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