Lionel Messi to miss Barcelona’s clash with Malaga after birth of third son

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has pulled out of the squad to face Malaga in LaLiga following the birth of his third child.

Messi, whose wife Antonella Roccuzzo has given birth to a boy named Ciro, has been replaced by Colombian defender Yerry Mina for Saturday’s clash.

The Argentinian confirmed Ciro’s arrival in an Instagram post on Saturday afternoon, writing in Spanish: “Welcome Ciro! Thank God everything went perfectly. He and his mum are very well. We are super happy!!!!!”

Ciro is a younger brother to Messi’s sons Mateo and Thiago, about whom Roccuzzo regularly posts on social media.

Messi, 30, has scored four goals in his last three LaLiga games for leaders Barca, who would go 11 points clear with victory at the La Rosaleda.

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