An investigation by Diari Segre has revealed that Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi and Roma forward Bojan Krkic are distant cousins.
It became known last week that the Argentina international has Catalan roots and it now turns out that his great-grandfather was the brother of Bojan's great-grandfather.
The families of both players share the surname Perez, stemming from ancestors who moved from Teruel to Poal in the 18th century.
Ramon Perez Llobera, Messi's great-grandfather, was born in 1859 and his brother Goncal, Bojan's great-grandfather, was born in El Poal nine years later.
Ramo's granddaughter Rosa Maria Perez Mateu eventually emigrated to Argentina, where she married Eusebio Messi Baro. Their son is the father of the current Barcelona ace.
Messi and Bojan played together at Barcelona until the latter's move to the Stadio Olimpico club in the summer transfer window.