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Lionel Messi: Barcelona star shares emotional post after missing Malaga clash

LIONEL MESSI has became a father for the third time.

The Barcelona star missed his side’s clash at Malaga on Saturday evening due to his wife Antonella giving birth.

His team-mates coped just fine without him however, securing a comfortable 2-0 win thanks to goals from former Liverpool stars Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez.

Messi and his wife have decided to name their third child Ciro.

And while Barcelona were out extending their lead at the top of La Liga, their star man was celebrating the birth of his third son.

“Welcome Ciro!” Messi posted on Instagram, alongside a picture of him holding the baby’s hand

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi shared the emotional post after his wife gave birth for the third time

Thank God everything went perfect

Lionel Messi

“Thank God everything went perfect.

“Mom and he are very well. We are super happy.”

Any Chelsea fans hoping that Messi will be missing for their Champions League clash this week are sadly out of luck

The Argentinian will be back in Ernesto Valverde’s squad for the crucial second leg tie.

However, the Barca head coach now has a selection dilemma, as Ousmane Dembele staked his claim for a place in the first team with a solid performance in La Liga.

Messi and co. welcome Chelsea to the Nou Camp on Wednesday evening.

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