Messi out of squad for personal reasons

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is pleased with the form of Ousmane Dembele. Alex Caparros  Getty Images

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is pleased with the form of Ousmane Dembele. Alex Caparros Getty Images

Thanks to God everything went perfectly.

La Liga top scorer Messi is set to miss the fixture at Malaga, owing to the birth of his third son.

He wrote on Instagram: "Welcome Ciro!"

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has pulled out of the squad to face Malaga in La Liga on Saturday due to the birth of his third child, according to multiple reports in Spain.

Our referenced source is reporting that Barcelona are concerned that a rival club might have the audacity to meet that huge buy-out clause an offer. "We are very happy".

Messi and Antonela, who got married last summer in their native Rosario, already had two sons, Thiago, 5, and Mateo, 2.

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

Lionel Messi misses out as LaLiga leaders FC Barcelona take on relegation favourites Malaga at the Estadio La Rosaleda - here are the confirmed line-ups of both teams.

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

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