Papa Messi misses Barca match for birth of third son

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Messi had pulled out of Barcelona's squad for Saturday's La Liga match at Malaga to be present for the birth.

Barcelona tightened their grip at the top of LaLiga with a 2-0 win at bottom club Malaga, who played for an hour with 10 men.

Lionel Messi is now a father to three sons.

On his official Instagram account, Messi posted a picture of his new-born holding his hand and wrote, "Welcome Ciro!"

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Barcelona are yet to confirm the reasons for Messi's absence, but will feel that they have enough quality at their disposal to cope without him. "We are super happy".

The absence of Messi will be missed, who now the top goalscorer and assist provider in La Liga this season.

He then announced in February that a third son would be called Ciro, with Mateo and Thiago set to get a little brother. He has started 26 of Barca's 27 games, while he came off the bench against Espanyol on Feb 4.

Barcelona tops the table of La Liga with 69 points, ahead of the second-placed Atletico Madrid (61 points) and the third-placed Real Madrid (57 points).

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