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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.

Another keeper, Aston Villa's Shay Given, also sent some words of kindness to Owen with the former Liverpool man returning the love.

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..."

Aston Villa young gun Andreas Weimann scored another goal on the weekend but he was revelling his Twitter following instead.

Chelsea striker Demba Ba was happy to see some warm weather in Conakry, Guinea ahead of Senegal's World Cup qualifier with Angola on Friday.

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko and Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic were heavily involved in a day for the kids with Unicef Bosnia.

A rough translation of Begovic's tweet reads: "Great day with the kids today, really glad that I could be there. thank you."

Click the link in the tweet below to check out the pics from the day.

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.

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy is loving being back on the training pitch as he prepares to return from a four-month absence because of a thigh injury.

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.

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