FOOTIE TWEETS: Messi's new tattoo, Owen's retirement and World Cup qualifiers
Last week we touched on the very loose comparison between Leo Messi and the new chief of the Vatican, Pope Francis.
This week, the Barcelona and Argentina star was showing off the new ink job he got done in honour of his son Thiago.
Check out the picture below, via the 'Leo Messi Fan Club', to see what Messi got tattooed on his famous left leg.
Elsewhere in Twitter land, we found a few other little gems from the week, starting with one from Manchester United great Edwin van der Sar.
The Dutchman was one of many to pay tribute to Stoke City's Michael Owen who is set to retire come season's end. van der Sar fondly remembered one of Owen's goals for United which he scored deep into injury-time to beat arch rivals Manchester City 4-3 back in 2009.
@no1shaygiven Cheers horse, kind words from a top man.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) March 19, 2013
Chelsea star Juan Mata was focusing on Spain's next World Cup qualifier which comes against Finland in Gijon on Friday. The translation reads: "Concentration first day ended with Selection ... Always a pleasure to be part of this group! Good night..."
Primer día de concentración con la Selección finalizado... Siempre es un placer formar parte de este grupo! Buenas n say.ly/DgP5oYc— Juan Mata García (@juanmata10) March 19, 2013
Just reached 30 000 followers !! #thankyou— Andreas Weimann (@andiweimann) March 19, 2013
Conakry 33 degrees......Sweet ;)— Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) March 19, 2013
A rough translation of Begovic's tweet reads: "Great day with the kids today, really glad that I could be there. thank you."
Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) March 18, 2013
Click the link in the tweet below to check out the pics from the day.
I posted 40 photos on Facebook in the album "Slavimo 27. ro?endan Edina Deke" fb.me/22wd74Enq— UNICEF BiH (@UNICEFBiH) March 18, 2013
Stoke's Bursaspor loanee Maurice Edu got together with USA teammates DaMarcus Beasley (ex-Manchester City) and Eddie Johnson (ex-Fulham) at the Colorado Avalanche versus Chicago Blackhawks NHL match prior to their World Cup qualifier with Costa Rica in Denver on Friday.
Maurice Edu (@MauriceEdu) March 19, 2013
Looking forward to a recovery day tomorrow after a good 2 days GK training & a shooting session with the u21s #progress— John Ruddy (@Johnruddy86) March 19, 2013
To wrap it up, Newcastle United defender Massadio Haidara was badly injured in a reckless tackle by Wigan Athletic youngster Callum McManaman and although Joey Barton does not feel it was an intentional act, he believes the Latics striker should receive some sort of punishment.
Not that I'm wanting the Wigan boy banned for long but to do nothing when there is a young, french boy lying in hospital, is ludicrous @fa— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) March 19, 2013
In his defence I don't think the kid meant it. Was just a poor tackle. But its a straight red card every day of the week. Can't do nothing..— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) March 19, 2013