Photo: Liverpool star Martin Skrtel thrilled with this amazing birthday present

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is pretty happy with his 31st birthday present from his wife

Martin Skrtel may be a pretty famous footballer in his own right, but the Liverpool defender was elated to receive a signed shirt from Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.

The Slovakia international turned 31 on Tuesday afternoon and former team-mates like Reds great Steven Gerrard and current colleagues such as Dejan Lovren wasted no time wishing the centre-half a happy birthday.

However, Skrtel’s wife saved the best present for last after she presented the no-nosense Liverpool centre-half with a signed shirt from Argentina and Barcelona icon Messi.

Skrtel posted the above collage of photos and wrote: “Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes ✌️❤️…thanks to my lovely wife @baraskrtel for the @leomessi shirt,wooooow 👍✌️💪👌 @luissuarez9 @sofibalbi @luciasapara @sapinko #laksar#m37s #ynwa #liverpoolfc #fcbarcelona #messi”

Of course, Liverpool’s rival supporters will no doubt joke that this is the closest Skrtel will get to Messi in the near future with the Reds five points behind fourth-placed Manchester United in the race for a Champions League spot.

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Skrtel was powerless to prevent the Merseyside outfit conceding twice in a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Sunday evening.

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