Messi Announces Birth Of 3rd Baby After Barca Star Withdraws From Squad To Face Malaga

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match between Villarreal CF and FC Barcelona at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real on December 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN

Lionel Messi has announced the arrival of his third child after Barcelona had announced earlier in the day that he had withdrawn from the squad to face Malaga.

The Blaugrana alerted the public early in the day on Saturday that their star player would not make the trip to La Rosaleda with the rest of the squad, stating only that the Argentine would not feature in the Liga clash due to ‘personal reasons’, with centre-back Yerry Mina taking his place in the squad.

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.

The 30-year-old has since confirmed those suspicions, when he took to his Instagram account to announce to fans that his newborn son, named Ciro, and the child’s mother had both come through with no issues and that his family are all happy and healthy: “Welcome Ciro! Thank God everything went perfect. Mom and he are very well. We are super happy!”

Messi already had two sons, Mateo and Thiago.

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