Lionel Messi is going through an atypical weekend for a footballer accustomed to giving the present as soon as his team plays. The Barcelona star will miss Sunday’s match against Elche as a result of a suspension. The hours without football were taken advantage of by Leo to send a special birthday greeting to his mother, Celia Cuccittini, who is celebrating her 61st birthday this Saturday.
“Happy Birthday Mummy! I love you ”, wrote the captain of the Argentine national team on his Instagram account next to a photo in which he is seen, with a summer look, hugging his mother. As every time the Rosario publishes something on this social network, the impact was immediate: more than four million “likes” in just two hours and hundreds of comments.
Celia, who has been married to Jorge Messi since 1978 and is also the mother of Rodrigo, Matías and María Sol, will not be able to share the celebration near her son, although the family met just a few weeks ago to share Christmas: Leo He traveled with his partner, Antonela Roccuzzo, and their three children to Rosario, where he stayed for six days.
Since his return to Catalonia after that lightning trip, Messi started all three of his team’s matches for the Spanish League, in which he scored four goals, but missed the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Sociedad due to a muscular discomfort. and he was sent off in the final of that tournament last Sunday against Athletic Bilbao for hitting Asier Villalibre in the last minute of extra time.
That expulsion, the first in 753 games with the Barça shirt, earned him Leo a two-game suspension. The first was fulfilled on Thursday, in the 2-0 victory over Cornellà for the 16th final of the Copa del Rey. The second game that will be lost will be Sunday against Elche for the 20th date of the League. His return will surely take place on Wednesday against Rayo Vallecano for the Copa del Rey.