Lionel Messi rounded off a special week by coming off the bench on Saturday to score the winner for Barcelona in their match against Atlético Madrid on Saturday evening.
After scoring a late equalizer for the national team in the US on Tuesday and becoming a dad again on Friday, la Pulga dedicated the goal to newborn Mateo, making a gesture suggesting he was putting a pacifier in his mouth before being embraced by his teammates
This was an important game for the Catalans, but after his busy week, Messi was kept on the bench until 13 minutes into the second half, and 17 minutes later he made the decisive contribution to maintain la Blaugrana’s perfect start to the season.
The Madrid team had taken the lead through striker Fernando Torres before Barça forward Neymar equalized with a free kick.
Messi’s next assignment sees him jet off to Italy as defending champions Barcelona take on AS Roma in the Champions League.
Hopefully between Saturday and Wednesday Leo will have had some time to get to know baby Mateo, after the first photo of the newborn emerged on Saturday.