Messi announces birth of third son 'Ciro'

Lawrence Cooper
March 11, 2018

"Messi is out for personal reasons and Yerry Mina takes his place", a statement from Barca's Twitter account read. Thank God everything went ideal.

Suarez opened the scoring in the 15th minute moments after Malaga goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez did well to get low and frustrate Barcelona's first of many scoring chances. "We are very happy".

Messi's absence on Saturday will be his first in La Liga this season having been on an unstoppable run of form which has seen him net 24 goals and provide 12 assists in his 27 appearances.

The Barcelona forward had pulled out of the squad to face Malaga in LaLiga, the Spanish club have announced earlier today.

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Ciro is a brother to five-year-old Thiago and Mateo, who is two.

Messi announced in October of 2017 that his wife, Antonella, was pregnant again, leading fans to suspect that the birth of his third child was the reason for his exclusion from the squad.

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

Barcelona tops the table of La Liga with 69 points, ahead of the second-placed Atletico Madrid (61 points) and the third-placed Real Madrid (57 points).

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