Snapshot: Catalan Newspaper Proves Lionel Messi & Bojan Krkic Are Distant Cousins

Chris Wright

13th, October 2011


By Chris Wright

Apparently it’s ‘common knowledge’ that Lionel Messi and former Barca striker Bojan Krkic (now of Roma) are related somewhere back along the line, but those plucky bods over in the genealogy research department of Catalan newspaper Segre have been busying themselves, tracing the lineage of both players and have now put their finger on just what the relationship is between the pair.

This ‘ere is the rag’s findings – in time-honoured ‘family tree’ format…

It seems that Messi and Bojan’s great-great-grandfathers were brothers in the Catalan village of Pla d’Urgell in the middle of the 19th century, thus making them distant cousins of one form or another – put it this way, it’s probably important that they don’t mate any time soon.

More over, does this prove the existence of the mystical ‘Barca DNA’? Maybe Xavi wasn’t being such a complete cock all along vis-a-vis Cesc Fabregas? Maybe the gene pool at that club is actually shallower than a chance meeting between Paris Hilton and Jordan at the shallow end of the world’s shallowest swimming pool?

Or maybe he was just being a cock.

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  1. Adrien says:

    Chris, Pla d’Urgell is in Catalonia, not Argentina. I guess the point of this research was to prove that Messi and Bojan not only have common roots, but (even better) they have common Catalan roots.

  2. Jason says:

    Wait what? Messi’s mom is of Italian “Cuccitinni” and Portuguese “Oliviera” descent? Well there goes the support for Cristiano from Portuguese people who support him solely because he is a fellow Portuguese. Since Messi has some Portuguese blood he will be getting some new fans from Iberia.

  3. chimpo says:

    how many combinations of footballers did they need to go through to get this?

  4. Montesquieu says:

    Who cares? I like Messi, I think he’s a great player; but to be honest what was the need to do this?

  5. Scott says:

    Barca wanting to prove that Messi comes from Catalonia?


  6. KingEric7 says:

    @Jason, bare in mind the Portuguese influence in South America, in Brazil they speak Portuguese and have names as such (Man Utd’s Anderson “Olivera”), so it’s reasonable to expect this would be prevalent in neighbouring country Argentina also.

  7. jason says:

    @kingeric messi is white though. the people with portuguese and spanish names in south america that have no spainish or portuguese blood are basically the slaves and indians that where “christianized” with those names. All the whites in South America with spanish or portuguese names have in fact blood and family that originate from Iberia because they are already christians to begin with so had no need to change their names. Thats why you see white people in South america that have been there for generations but have german and italian names and not portuguese or spanish names because they were never made to change them while the native indians and blacks did.

  8. Ash says:

    Barcablood. Like Tigerblood only it enables you to kick a football exceptionally well.

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