Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Messi misses Malaga game following birth of son

Messi misses Malaga game following birth of son

A statement on Barcelona's website said, "The Colombian central defender enters the list for the Málaga game after the Argentine withdrew due to personal reasons".

Barcelona faces Malaga in the 28th round of La Liga at 9:45 p.m. (CLT).

Ciro is the third boy for Messi and his childhood sweetheart Antonella; the two were married in Rosario, Argentina on June 30, 2017. Thanks to God everything went perfectly. Mom and he are very well.

The club tweeted: "Change to the squad". We are super happy!

Lionel Messi has announced the arrival of his third son, Ciro.

Messi has started in 26 of Barcelona's 27 league games and was expected to play tonight.

As a result of his absence, Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina has replaced Messi in the Catalan side's squad for this evening.

Barca lead the Liga standings on 69 points, enjoying an eight-point lead over nearest challengers Atletico.

Barcelona now sit top of La Liga, eight points clear of closest challengers Atletico Madrid.

Ernesto Valverde's side, meanwhile, have the chance to extend their lead at the top of La Liga to 11 points with a win over Malaga.

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