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Lionel Messi Misses Barcelona Training for the Birth of His 2nd Child

Joe Gallagher@joesgallagherFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2015

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 08:  Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina during a international friendly against Mexico at AT&T Stadium on September 8, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was kind enough to allow Lionel Messi to miss training on Friday morning.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 23:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona carries his son Thiago during celebrations at the end of the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RC Deportivo de la Coruna at Camp Nou on May 23, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/
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It wasn't that the Argentina star was suffering from an injury, though that might well have been the case were he not fortunate enough to escape unharmed from a dodgy pitch in Texas.

According to Sport, Messi was absent so he could be with his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, for the birth of their second child.

There was some confusion over the name, which Sport and many others in Spain first reported as Benjamin.

Ahead of an official announcement, Messi's brother tweeted in Spanish that the child's name was Mateo, confirmed by Spanish football writer Guillem Balague:

SPORT English @Sport_EN

... presumably because he was at the birth of his second son, Benjamin! Congratulations to Leo and Antonella.

Gastón Recondo @recondogaston

Ahora sí, acaba de nacer Mateo Messi, hijo de Lionel y Antonella y hermano de Tiago. Fue por cesárea, y ambos están bien. Felicidades!

Guillem Balague @GuillemBalague

Mateo Messi is his secons son's name. Le llamó Mateo a su segundo hijo

Barcelona face Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday.

[Twitter: Sport English]

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