Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
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Messi misses Barca game for birth of third son

Messi misses Barca game for birth of third son

"Welcome Ciro! Thank God, everything went perfectly".

Barcelona corporate director Pancho Schroder concedes Lionel Messi's huge buyout clause may not be enough to frighten off big spenders.

Messi, 30, later posted a picture of his baby boy's hand, writing "Welcome Ciro".

Messi, whose wife is pregnant with the couple's third child, has been replaced by Yerry Mina for Saturday's clash. "We are very happy".

Barcelona fear they could lose Lionel Messi with a club paying his huge £625million release clause.

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

Their first son, Thiago, is five years old, while their second son, Mateo, is two.

Barca are still unbeaten in the league and lead the standings with 72 points, 11 clear of Atletico Madrid who host Celta Vigo on Monday (AEST).

Barcelona now sit top of La Liga, eight points clear of closest challengers Atletico Madrid.

After 27 league games this season, Barcelona have yet to taste defeat under head coach Ernesto Valverde, while they travel to 20th placed Malaga - who've yet to register a single victory across all competitions in 2018.

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