Lionel Messi announced the birth of his third child - and third son - on Saturday.
The Argentina forward wrote on his Instagram account in Spanish: “Welcome Ciro! Thank God everything went perfect. Mom and he are very well. We are super happy!!!!!”
Messi is married to Antonella Roccuzzo, the mother of their three children.
Barcelona said early Saturday that Messi would miss a match at Malaga later in the day for “personal reasons.”
“A last minute change to the FC Barcelona squad. Leo Messi has withdrawn for personal reasons and Yerry Mina takes his place,” said the statement on the club’s official website.
It is the first time this season that Messi, La Liga’s top scorer with 24 goals, has not been included in the match-day squad for a league game. He has started 26 of Barca’s 27 games, while he came off the bench against Espanyol on Feb. 4.
Expecting third child
Messi’s management team could not immediately be reached for comment.
Spanish newspaper Marca said Messi’s third son, named as Ciro, was born on Saturday. The Argentine and his wife Antonella Roccuzzo announced last October they were expecting a third child.
Barca lead the Liga standings on 69 points, enjoying an eight-point lead over nearest challengers Atletico Madrid after beating the Madrid side 1-0 last Sunday with a free-kick goal by Messi.
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