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      Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's La Liga match against Malaga on Saturday due to 'personal reasons'.

      Reports in Spain claim the 30-year-old has pulled out of the squad unexpectedly.

      His place in the squad will be taken by Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina.

      Messi, who won't travel to the La Rosaleda Stadium with his team-mates, played in last Sunday's 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp, scoring the deciding goal.

      As yet, there are no details on why exactly he's pulled out of this weekend's game, although his wife, Antonella, is heavily pregnant with their third child.

      On Saturday morning, Spanish journalist David Ibanez, based in Barcelona, said on Twitter that Messi's third child will be born “in the next few hours”.

      Earlier this week, Pancho Schroder, Barcelona's financial and strategy director, admitted he was worried that a “crazy” rival could pay Messi's £625million release clause.

      Argentine ace Messi inked a new deal at Camp Nou last November, with the mega-money buyout clause having been increased following Neymar’s £200million defection to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

      The Ligue 1 side more than doubled the previous world transfer record by prising the Brazilian from Barca, against their wishes.

      Messi has scored 32 goals for the unbeaten Spanish league leaders this term, and passed the 600-goal mark for Los Cules with his winner against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

      But the club’s financial and strategy director, Pancho Schroder, says the nature of football at the very top means the Catalan giants could be tested in their desire to keep Messi for the remainder of his career.

      Speaking at a Finance in Sport event in London, Schroder told Sky Sports: “We set up a clause which we think is enough to have Messi retire at FC Barcelona.

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