FC Barcelona announced on Saturday that star Lionel Messi will not travel with the squad to face Malaga in a La Liga match later in the day due to the birth of his third child.
Barcelona are set to be hosted by Malaga later on Saturday in the 28th round of La Liga. Defender Yerry Mina completed the lineup after Messi was ruled out, reports Efe.
Carla Roccuzzo, the sister of Messi’s wife Antonella Roccuzzo, confirmed the birth of the couple’s third son, Ciro took place this afternoon here, tweeting that she was very happy.
Ciro is the third boy for Messi and his childhood sweetheart Antonella; the two were married in Rosario, Argentina on June 30, 2017.
The couple’s first son, Thiago, was born in 2012, followed by Mateo in 2015.
Barcelona are now eight points clear at the top of the table, while Atletico Madrid hold the second position with 61 points.