11/09/2014 09:55 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Parents Banned From Naming Babies 'Messi'

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Parents have been banned from naming their babies after footballer Lionel Messi – because his home town in Argentina doesn't want the name to become too common.

The name 'Messi', that is, not 'Lionel'. That would be just silly! As we know, Barcelona and Argentina striker Messi is the world's best footballer (calm down, Ronaldo, he just is!) so not surprisingly, new mums and dads in the striker's birthplace of Rio Negra in south Argentina want to celebrate that fact by