Barcelona would be missing the services of Lionel Messi today as the La Liga leaders face Malaga, according to various reports Messi will miss their fixture at Malaga on Saturday due to personal reasons, with Spanish media reports saying it is due to the birth of his third son Ciro.
“Last minutes change to the FC Barcelona squad. Leo Messi has withdrawn for personal reasons and Yerry Mina takes his place,” said the statement on the club’s official website.
This is the first time this season that Lionel has not been included in the matchday squad for a La Liga game, the Argentine has started 26 of Barcelona’s 27 matches this season, while he came off the bench against Espanyol on February 4 2018, and he is the La Liga top scorer with 24 goals to his name this season.
Messi’s representatives could not immediately be reached for more information’s.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Messi’s third son, named Ciro, was born on Saturday. The Argentine superstar and his wife Antonella Roccuzzo had earlier announced last October they were expecting a third child.
Barcelona lead the La Liga table on 69 points, enjoying an eight-point lead over second place Atletico Madrid after beating them 1-0 last Sunday with.