Cassius Joseph Barton… QPR star Joey becomes father for the first time
You”ve heard plenty about Joey Barton – but what about Cassius Joseph Barton
Well, that might not be the last time you hear that name after the QPR midfielder became a father.
After helping his side to a 1-1 draw at Swansea in the Barclays Premier League, Barton rushed to hospital as his pregnant girlfriend Georgia McNeil went into labour.
New arrival: Joey Barton with Georgia McNeil in October
All smiles: Barton at Swansea
And he emerged a proud father overnight to post an update to his 950,000 followers on Twitter.
He wrote: “He’s here Cassius Joseph Barton. 7 pound 3 oz. Mother and baby are fine. Wow what a blessing that is……. #quivereringwreck”
The messages of congratulations came in thick and fast from his friends and foes in the game.
QPR owner Tony Fernandes tweeted: “Congrats joey. Very happy to welcome the new ranger. Congrats. Great news.” Barton replied: “Thanks mate”.
Rangers team-mate Clinton Hill posted “Congratulations pal”, while Everton midfielder Phil Neville said “congratulations!!!”.
Itis not yet known why the name Cassius has been chose, although Barton is a boxing fan so it could be in reference to former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, who was born Cassius Clay.
Influence Muhammad Ali was born by the name Cassius Clay
The name has Latin origins and the meaning is often described as “empty, vain, hollow, poor, or robbed”.
Barton is expected to be back in QPR”s line-up for their London derby against Arsenal on Saturday.