LaLiga: Messi misses Barcelona v Malaga ‘for baby’s birth’

Messi’s wife Antonella Roccuzzo is expecting a boy.

Lionel Messi married Antonella Roccuzzo in Rosario, Argentina in June last year.   -  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.

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 five-year-old Thiago and Mateo, who is 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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