Lionel Messi's hometown bans parents from naming children Messi
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi's hometown of Rosario, Argentina, has passed a law preventing parents from naming their children "Messi," in response to a family who used the superstar's surname as a given name for their son.
Héctor Varela told Mundo Deportivo that he was proud to be the first Argentinian to name his son after the world's top player, but government officials in Rosario were less than pleased and put an end to the idea going forward, saying it will cause confusion to have a last name become a first name.
The townsfolk are still free to name their children Maradona, although it seems unlikely someone would want to set their baby on that path.
- Brendan Maloy