Messi out of Barca squad for "personal reasons"

Ousmane Dembele

In the photo, Messi accompanies the picture with the following message: "Welcome Ciro!" Thanks to God everything went perfectly.

Lionel Messi will not feature for Barcelona in their LaLiga clash with Malaga on Saturday due to "personal reasons".

Barcelona have a 10 point La Liga lead ahead of their meeting with Malaga.

Barcelona confirmed on Saturday that the Argentina superstar would miss their trip to Malaga for "personal reasons".

Messi is also a father to sons Thiago, 5, and Mateo, 2.

Barcelona fear they could lose Lionel Messi with a club paying his huge £625million release clause. "We are very happy".

It is the first time this season that Messi, La Liga's top scorer with 24 goals, has not been included in the matchday squad for a league game.

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).

Their last-16 tie with Chelsea is delicately-poised at 1-1 after Messi cancelled our Willian's goal in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

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