- Lionel Messi helped Barcelona beat fierce La Liga foes Real Madrid on Saturday
- But on Christmas Eve the devoted family man was solely focused on his children
- He capped a good weekend by taking his family to visit Santa in his grotto
Lionel Messi was in inspiring form on Saturday, December 23 when he helped Barcelona defeat Real Madrid, he caps of a spectacular weekend wit he and his family visiting Santa.
Messi who is widely regarded as the best player of his generation took time out with his Family when they visited Santa Claus on Christmas eve.
The five times Ballon d'Or winner posted a picture of him with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo and their kids Thiago and Mateo meeting Father Christmas on his personal Instagram account.
The post was so popular it attracted nearly a million likes in under an hour.
Devoted family man Messi posted 'Feliz navidad para todos' which means Happy Christmas to you all.
It appears even Santa is a Messi fan as he had a Barca shirt with the number 25 the little Argentine's digits - hanging on the wall behind him.
Messi's wife Antonella who he married in the summer after they first met each other when they were children announced in October they were expecting a third child.
Messi scored one goal and assisted another as Barcelona ran riot against arch rivals Real Madrid in a La Liga fixture on Saturday, December 23 to open a 14 points lead over Madrid.