Lionel Messi won his sixth Ballon d’Or this week, as he regained his crown by edging out Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk. But, it’s the Barcelona star’s son, Mateo Messi, that stole the hearts of fans with his cute reaction to his Dad being named the winner.
Lionel Messi became the first ever player to win six Ballon d’Ors on Monday night, after he beat Virgil van Dijk to football’s most prestigious solo award. Barcelona fans couldn’t help but fall in love with Messi’s son, Mateo, for his cute celebration at the awards event.
Barcelona legend Messi’s four-year-old son was spotted jumping around in his seat with a giant smile on his face, after his Dad was announced as this year’s Ballon d’Or winner.
He’s already famously earned the hearts of football fans, after he accidentally celebrated a goal conceded against Barcelona earlier this year.
The goal celebration prompted a furious reaction from striker Luis Suarez, who was sat next to Mateo.
Barcelona fans have new reason to appreciate Messi’s son, after his incredible reaction to the Ballon d’Or announcement.
“This kid is just the cutest. Always so expressive,” tweeted one Barcelona fan.
“My daddy Leo #Messi is the best hahahaha,” added another supporter on Twitter.
“Mateo Messi a meme,” joked one fan, while another said: “He is so cute…”.
“That’s the joy when your Dad is the Best,” said a Twitter user.
One supporter simply wrote: “This reaction is priceless”.
Messi won the Ballon d’Or after he scored 54 goals for club and country last season.
He also won La Liga with the Catalans once again, and mesmerised fans with a number of superb free-kick goals.
His latest award makes him the only player to ever reach six Ballon d’Ors, after previously being level with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo finished third in the running, meaning he dropped out of the top two for the first time since 2010.
After the award was announced, Messi said: “Today is my sixth Ballon d’Or.
“It’s a completely different moment, lived with my family and my children.
“As my wife said, you must never stop dreaming but always work to improve and continue to enjoy. I am very lucky, I am blessed.
“I hope to continue for a long time. I realise that I am very lucky, even if, one day, retirement will ring. It will be difficult.
“But I still have beautiful years ahead of me. Time goes very quickly, so I want to enjoy football and my family.”
Messi has now won 26 major trophies in his career, and he’s still only 32-years-old.
The Argentinian has won La Liga 10 times, the Copa del Rey six times, and he’s also won four Champions Leagues.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were fourth and fifth in the running for the Ballon d’Or, respectively.