Antonio Cassano has second son, names him Lionel to honour Messi | inside World Soccer

Inter Milan forward Antonio Cassano has become a father for the second time to a son he has named Lionel in homage to Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi.

Golden statue of the left foot of Lionel Messi is displayed at the launching at Harajuku Quest Hall
Golden statue of the left foot of Lionel Messi is displayed at the launching at Harajuku Quest Hall

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Baby Cassano arrived into the world at 20.10 local time on Monday and weighed in at 3.3kg.

Cassano, who had to temporarily stop his career last year to undergo minor heart surgery, already has another son, Christopher.

"This is the second biggest joy in my life after the birth of my first son," the 30-year-old Cassano 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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