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Steven Gerrard and Alex Curran seem to have named baby Lio after Lionel Messi

The name seems to be a tribute to the Barcelona player.

Steven Gerrard and Alex Curran have welcomed their fourth child – and appear to have named him after Lionel Messi.

The footballer and his wife sparked speculation that they had looked to one of Gerrard’s sporting heroes for name inspiration thanks to the unusual spelling of the baby boy’s first name.

Steven announced the happy news to his fans on Instagram on Saturday to say that his son had been born earlier that day, with a photo reading “It’s a boy!” alongside the baby’s name and date of birth.

The caption read: “Lio George Gerrard was born this morning at 4.55am. Both are doing great. Our family is complete.”

Former Liverpool and England captain Steven has previously spoken of his love for Barcelona player Messi.

In November 2016 when Barcelona beat Celtic in the Champions League, he said: “(Messi is) an incredible footballer.

“I think the best ever, the best there will ever be.

“He’s just an absolute pleasure to watch.”

Steven and Alex, who married in 2007, have three daughters – 13-year-old Lilly-Ella, 10-year-old Lexie, and Lourdes, five.