Messi to miss birth of his first child for playing against Celtic

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 21, 2012 10:52 hrs

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will be missing the birth of his first child to play against Celtic.

Messi's girlfriend Antonella Rocuzzo is expected to deliver their son in the next 72 hours.

Barca take on Celts in the Nou Camp on Tuesday, and Messi is prepared to put taking care of Celtic ahead of his momentous arrival.

"I will play against Celtic and nothing else will influence me," The Sun quoted Messi, as saying.

According to the report, the couple already know it's a son and have revealed they will call him Thiago.

Argentinian sensation Messi, rated by many as the game's best ever player, has netted six goals from six Barca games this season. And he has vowed he'll score in the Group G tie, so that he can dedicate the goal to Messi junior, the report said.

"My dream will be to dedicate a goal to my son on the field. I am happy at the arrival of my family from Argentina for the birth. Now I want my child to arrive in perfect health," he said. (ANI)

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