Lionel Messi's statistics are so well known. Who he scores against, when, where, how, which goalkeeper. His preferred day of the week and kick-off time. But how many goals has he scored since his sons were born?
Well Thiago came first, on November 2, 2012. Messi has scored 269 goals since then. Mateo, who was born on September 11, 2015, has been alive for 124 of Messi's goals. On Wednesday the counter starts for Ciro, born on March 10, 2018..
Messi could not score in the first game after Thiago was born, on Nov 3 at Camp Nou against Celta. Barca won 3-1 but he did not strike, doing so in the second against Celtic, a 2-1 win in the Champions League on Nov 7.
With Mateo the goal came right after, in a 2-1 win at Atletico in La Liga at the Vicente Calderon on Sep 12, 2015. Sport's headline was "Super Papa!"
Messi has 539 goals and the 540th, if he gets it against Chelsea, will be dedicated to Ciro - as well as his granadmother Celia, whom he always remembers when he scores.