Lionel Messi’s 4-year-old son showed off his soccer skills at the family home, and he’s got the Midas touch of his father

FC Barcelona fans have long questioned what their club will do once its talisman Lionel Messi retires, or worse, leaves.

Fortunately for them, however, the Argentine may have just provided the answer himself — in the form of his four-year-old son.

Mateo Messi proved he was a chip off the old block on Wednesday, when his mother, Antonela Roccuzzo, filmed her middle son doing his best impression of his dad at the family home in Spain.

The prince in waiting was captured sweeping the ball into the top corner of his miniature goal, before celebrating just like his father — kissing his hands and pointing up to the gods.

You can watch mini-Messi's brilliant strike here:

Not only was Mateo celebrating his Lionel-esque goal, but he was also celebrating his birthday.

"Happy Birthday My Love," the caption from Roccuzzo's Instagram caption read. "Just wish you to be happy all your life and never stop being that cute character that makes our lives happy. 4 years old. We love you Matu."

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Messi is yet to feature for Barcelona this season after he injured his calf upon returning from his summer holidays.

Without him, Ernesto Valverde's side has managed to win just one of its three La Liga games so far, meaning it currently sits in eighth position in the Spanish top flight.

While it is still early days, it appears Barcelona will have to suffer without its star man for a little while longer, with AS reporting the Argentine will miss this weekend's fixture against Valencia.

He could also miss the club's Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

It's just a shame Mateo isn't a few a years older.

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