Have you ever wondered who is the graceful lady who appears alongside football superstar Lionel Messi? If you’ve guessed his wife, you’re right, but she could better be described as his childhood sweetheart. Her full name is Antonella Roccuzzo Messi and she is the mother of his three children.
Even though Mrs. Messi is not in the spotlight while basking in her husband’s success and fame, she can still be called the ultimate WAG, as her character and beauty effortlessly enchants and inspires people all over the world.
Read on to learn more about her early beginnings, her love life with Messi, and other personal endeavors.
Antonella Roccuzzo was born as a daughter of Jose and Patricia Roccuzzo on 26 February 1988 in Rosario, the third-largest city in Argentina. Her father, Jose, was a businessman, while her mother, Patricia, was a housewife. Besides Antonella, Jose and Patricia had two other daughters, Carla and Paula, who all grew up together in their hometown.
Antonella, who was described as a very shy child, is said to have attended a local high school in Rosario before going to university to study odontology. Later, however, she switched to social communication.
Antonella Roccuzzo and Lionel Messi’s Love Story
Antonella Roccuzzo has known Lionel Messi since childhood; she was 5 years old to be precise. They met through her cousin, who was a childhood friend of Messi. Messi is said to have always visited her cousin, who was identified as Lucas Scaglia, only to see his future bride.
The couple announced their relationship in 2008, although it was said that the couple had been a couple long before that. But what cemented their love was when Messi flew back to Argentina in 2007 to condole with Roccuzzo, who had lost a close friend of hers in a car accident.
In 2010, the couple got engaged in a private ceremony, which led Roccuzzo to leave her hometown of Argentina and go to Spain, where Messi lives. The couple moved in together, and two years later they welcomed their first child Thiago, who was born on November 2, 2012. After Thiago’s birth, Roccuzzo continued to stay out of the limelight and declined numerous interviews. She is also not a very active user of social media, as she has no Twitter or Facebook accounts. However, she does have an Instagram account, which has helped her attract over four million followers.
Meanwhile, for the first time in his life, Messi stepped out of the well-behaved nursery he had been put in by getting a huge tattoo of his first child tattooed on his body. The Argentine striker had Thiago’s name and handprints tattooed under the shape of a heart on the back of his left foot.
On September 11, 2015, Messi and Roccuzzo welcomed their second child, a son Mateo. This time it was Roccuzzo’s turn to tattoo her body in ink, while she tattooed the names of her two children on the backs of his hands.
After spending most of a decade with two children, the couple finally thought it wise to exchange their vows. The date was set for June 30, 2017, in their hometown of Rosario, Argentina. The event was heralded as Argentina’s centennial wedding, as both the Argentinian royal family and Messi’s close football friends found their way to the City Centre Hotel and Casino where it was held.
Some of the football stars who attended the ceremony were Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Aguero, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, and Samuel Eto’o. More than 450 police officers were called in to deal with the situation when the guests were forced to turn off their phones.
Almost shortly after the wedding, the Messi’s announced that they were expecting another child. On 10 March 2018, Antonella gave birth to a third son, Ciro Messi.
Antonella Roccuzzo’s Career
Antonella Roccuzzo devotes a large part of her time to looking after her children. In November 2016, however, she announced through Instagram that she had signed a modeling contract with Argentinean fashion label Ricky Sarkany.
She and one of her closest friends, Sofia Balbi, wife of Luis Suarez, have also opened a Sarkany boutique in Barcelona.
Height, Body Measurements, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Antonella Roccuzzo
Date of Birth: 26 February 1988
Place of Birth: Rosario, Argentina
Height: 5 feet 2 inches (157 cm)
Weight: 54 kg
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Waist Size: 25 inches
Bra Size: 32 inches
Hip Size: 36 inches