Lionel Messi pulls out of Malaga, Barcelona match

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match FC

Barcelona are set to be hosted by Malaga later on Saturday in the 28th round of La Liga.

Messi confirmed the arrival of Ciro on Instagram, publishing a photograph of the newborn holding his father's hand and revealing that everything had gone well.

Welcome Ciro! Thank God everything went flawless.

Messi missed a league game for the first time this season so he could attend the birth of his third son Ciro.

Messi has not travelled with Barca's squad to Malaga and has been replaced by Yerry Mina. "We are very happy".

The statement reported a change in the list of called-up players due to personal reasons of the Argentine striker, without clarifying the reason.

The Argentinian and his wife Antonella Roccuzzo announced last October they were expecting a third child. The two are parents to sons Thiago, 5, and Mateo, 2.

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

Barcelona are now eight points clear at the top of the table, while Atletico Madrid hold the second position with 61 points.

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