Barcelona - Lionel Messi announced that he and his wife Antonella
Roccuzzo had become parents for a third time on Saturday.
"Welcome Ciro!!! Thank God, everything went perfectly.
He and his mummy are doing very well. We are super happy!!!" wrote Messi
on his Instagram account, accompanying the post with a photo of the baby's
Ciro is a brother to five-year-old Thiago and Mateo, who is
Messi had pulled out of Barcelona's squad for Saturday's La
Liga match at Malaga to be present for the birth.
The club tweeted: "Change to the squad. Messi is out
for personal reasons and Yerry Mina takes his place."
The Argentinian couple, both 30, first met in their home
town, Rosario, in 1996 and started going out a decade later. They were married
last year in Rosario.
Barcelona, who face Chelsea in the second leg of their
last-16 Champions League tie at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, have an eight-point
lead over Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.