Lionel Messi misses Barcelona's tie for third son's birth

Mar 11, 2018, 10:04 IST | AFP

Lionel Messi has pulled out of Barcelona's squad for today's La Liga match at Malaga with reports saying the birth of his third child is imminent

Messi with wife Antonella and sons Thiago and Mateo
Messi with wife Antonella and sons Thiago and Mateo

Lionel Messi has pulled out of Barcelona's squad for today's La Liga match at Malaga with reports saying the birth of his third child is imminent. The club tweeted: "Change to the squad. Messi is out for personal reasons and Yerry Mina takes his place."

Messi's wife Antonella Roccuzzo is expecting a boy, a brother to Thiago, five and Mateo, two. The child is expected to be called Ciro. The Argentinian couple, both 30, first met as children in 1996.

Their relationship began a decade later. Barcelona, who face Chelsea in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, have an eight-point lead over Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.

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