Antonela Roccuzzo, Lionel Messi's charming wife

Alisa Barladyan
29 Jan 2022
14:36

One of the best football players in the world, Lionel Messi, got his seventh Ballon d'Or. His beautiful wife Antonela Roccuzzo supported him at the ceremony.

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Antonela Roccuzzo

Leo came to receive the new prize with his beloved wife and three children.

Who is the main muse of one of the best players in the world? The girl who inspired his victories and supported him during his losses at the stadium and beyond? Meet the charming brown-haired Antonela Roccuzzo.

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Love from childhood

Antonela was born on February 26, 1988, in Rosario, Argentina in a family of a worker and a housewife. She has two sisters – Carla and Paula.

Antonela has known her future husband since childhood. Roccuzzo's and Messi's families were friends, and the girl's cousin is Lionel's friend.

Once Lucas invited Leo to play a video game. It was then that he saw a beautiful girl – dark-haired, tanned, with brown eyes. The parents even called her La negra.

The children lived next door and dated until they were 13. Leo wrote love notes to his Antonela and walked her home. But because of Messi's disease (growth hormone deficiency), his father decided to move the son to Barcelona.

Antonela and Leo as teenagers
Antonela and Leo as teenagers

After the move, they didn't communicate with each other. Antonela was even going to marry another man. But fate had other plans.

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In 2002, Antonela's close friend died in a terrible accident. At that time, Messi came to visit his hometown. After hearing about Antonela's grief, Leo decided to support her. This meeting was life-changing: old feelings flared up with renewed vigor. Roccuzzo broke up with her fiance before the wedding for Messi. The young people never parted again.

Leo and Antonela married in June 2017. There were 260 people at their wedding in Rosario. Among them were famous football players: Gerard Piqué with his wife, singer Shakira; Neymar, and Luis Suárez. Local media called the Messi family's celebration "the wedding of the century."

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Leo and Antonela's marriage
Leo and Antonela's marriage

The couple has three sons – Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro.

Some of the boys will definitely follow in their father's footsteps and become a famous football player.

Antonela is a nutritionist by training. She also worked in a fitness center for a long time. While working in the gym, she worked as a model. The perfect body and her cute appearance allowed her to do so.

Antonela cooperated with Spanish fashion brands. Roccuzzo launched her shoe brand with Sofía Balbi (Luis Suárez's wife).

Leo Messi, Antonela Roccuzzo, Sofia Balbi, and Luis Suárez
Leo Messi, Antonela Roccuzzo, Sofia Balbi, and Luis Suárez

Antonela also has a blog on Instagram. She has 16.7 million followers. Antonela posts colorful photos from travels, soccer games, and cute family photos.

Roccuzzo manages to take care not only of her children but also of her figure. That's why you can see photos and videos of her workouts on her blog. Motivation for women and a delight for men's eyes.

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Messi’s support and encouragement

Antonela had a positive effect on Leo's psychological state and character. He became more calm and confident. She always accompanied him to Barcelona's matches – first, alone, then with the sons. Now Roccuzzo will go to the matches of Paris Saint-Germain.

Outside of the soccer field, Leo and Antonela spend all their free time together. The couple often travels, celebrates holidays, and goes for a walk with close friends.

Surely Leo could become a major star at Paris Saint-Germain as well. It's no wonder he achieved such fame and in 2021 finally won his first trophy with the national team, the Copa América, as he has such a wonderful wife and children. Now it is time to lead the Parisians to their first Champions League victory.

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