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Messi makes hospital dash

By Football News



Barcelona's Lionel Messi was rushed to hospital after their 5-4 La Liga win over Deportivo La Coruna - to await the birth of his first child.

Barcelona director Andoni Zubizarreta revealed that star striker Messi - fresh from scoring a hat-trick in their dramatic league victory on Saturday - was off to hospital, but his fans had no reason to panic.

"Right now, Messi is going to the hospital, but it's for a good reason," Zubizarreta told Marca.

"Getting to meet your son is always something good.

"He played the entire match, scoring three goals. He's completely accustomed to the coming, going, travelling with the team and circumstances in a match to play every minute."

The former Spain international Zubizarreta then added his thoughts on the Catalans' amazing victory.

"We're tired but very happy. This is a crazy sport, and what happens over the course of an entire season just happened during a single match," he said.

The former keeper, nevertheless, criticised the officiating of the referee.

"He produced too many cards, but that is as the match official decides to," he said.

Meanwhile, recent reports have claimed that former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has stashed away an unreleased video recording of Real Madrid stopper Pepe's misdemeanours against Messi during the recent Clasico.

And Zubizarreta moved to deny rumours that such a compilation exists, whilst putting talk of transfer interest in the Portugal international to bed at the same time.

"We have never discussed any videos, there is nothing else to say. Pepe likewise has never been on the list of potential signings for Barcelona," he said.