While being involved with someone of Lionel Messi‘s standing, one is bound to be in the limelight, just like in the case of Antonela Roccuzzo. Just about every single aspect of Messi’s life is available on public domains. He has had a career spanning more than 20 years now.
He is one of the most decorated soccer players of all time. Such is the magnitude of Messi’s majestic playing style in soccer and the absurdity of his records, that millions of fans around the globe idolize him.
On the other hand, his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, is reportedly quite shy in comparison. She is also one to lead a very private lifestyle, aside from her occasional outings in public, which are either to cheer on her husband from the stands of the Camp Nou, Parc de Princes, or any other stadium he plays at or to be a part of the audience in fashion shows around the globe. Apart from that, not much information is available when it comes to Roccuzzo.
Luckily, we have a few details to share. Have a look.
Antonella Roccuzzo is the approximately 20-year-old love interest of soccer legend Lionel Messi. She is endearingly called “the first lady of soccer.”
Roccuzzo is a 34-year Argentine model and entrepreneur, and she is best known as the wife of Lionel Messi. Together, Messi and Roccuzzo have three beautiful kids, Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro.
Roccuzzo is also known for her social media handles. She has 22 million followers on Instagram. She is also the co-owner of a shoe boutique in Spain, in a joint venture with Luis Suarez‘s wife.
Where is Messi’s wife from?
Lionel Messi’s wife, Antonella Roccuzzo was born on 26th February 1988. She is 34 years old currently.
Like her husband, she too was born in the city of Rosario in Argentina. Her father was a businessman and her mother is a homemaker.
Antonella spent most of her life in Rosario, Argentina. That is where she was first introduced to Lionel Messi by her cousin, Lucas Scaglia. It is also where her family belongs to. For a brief period, Antonella also attended the University of Rosario, pursuing a degree to become a dietician.
Although definitive proof in the form of records of family history is out of the reach of the general public, some reports claim Antonella Roccuzzo to be of Italian descent. Even though we can’t convincingly make a similar claim, we do know that Roccuzzo is ordinarily a European surname, and in particular, that of Southern Europe.
Therefore, an educated guess would certainly earn Antonella’s alleged Italian descent a mention.
When did Lionel Messi meet Antonela Roccuzzo?
Even though Leo and Antonella were acquaintances since childhood, their love story did not kickstart until later. Antonella is the cousin of former Argentine soccer player Lucas Scaglia, who was also a close friend of Messi. It was through Lucas, that the pair first met.
Messi has claimed that it was love at first sight for him, however, he couldn’t act upon it due to his commitment to soccer, which took him to Spain to play for FC Barcelona. This meant that Messi and Roccuzzo were apart for many years, however, not completely cut off from each other as they maintained their friendship over calls, letters, and the time that Messi used to visit his hometown of Rosario.
As per multiple reports, it took a tragic incident in Antonella’s life for the pair to come together. Around the time when Messi was on the brink of bursting onto the scene in the world of soccer, he received some very bad news. It turned out that Antonella’s best friend had passed away tragically in an accident. This is the incident that is credited with the beginning of Messi’s relationship with Roccuzzo as it brought the pair closer together.
This is estimated to be around 2008 or 2009, depending on the source of the information.
As per reports, somewhere around late 2009 or early 2010, Antonella decided that she couldn’t be far from Messi any longer and decided to uproot her life in Rosario, leaving everything, and moving to Spain to be with Messi for good. She also reportedly left her degree unfinished.
Subsequently, the pair had their first child, Thiago Messi, in 2012. Then came the second child, Mateo Messi, in 2015. Just three years later, the couple was blessed with yet another child in the shape of Ciro Messi.
When did Messi marry Antonela Roccuzzo?
After around ten years of dating, Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo, and after the births of their first two children, Thiago and Mateo, the couple decided to tie the knot in 2017.
2017 was the year when Messi bagged 45 goals and 20 assists in an FC Barcelona shirt.
On this day, 3 years ago, Leo Messi married his childhood darling Antonella Roccuzzo 🖤
Family 🖤😊 pic.twitter.com/K9fOSfhIOc
— Maazi Nnamdi💭 (@Nnamdichikee) June 30, 2020
He also got married the same year. The wedding ceremony and reception of Messi and Antonella’s wedding were extremely private affairs, however, we do know two things.
First, they must love each other a lot. We say this because they didn’t get conscious while sharing their customary post-nuptial kiss in front of photographers, their friends, their family, and the general public.
Second, we can reasonably estimate the wedding to be quite an expensive affair. It was reportedly held at the City Centre Casino Hotel, a luxury hotel in Rosario, Argentina.
What does Antonela Roccuzzo do for a living?
Antonella was enrolled in the University of Rosario to follow through on her hopes of making it as a dietician. However, after her permanent relocation to Spain to be with the love of her life, she has been involved in quite a few things.
She is a model, influencer, homemaker, and entrepreneur.
— 🇲🇦 A D I L (@Barzaboy) May 5, 2015
Antonella launched a luxury shoe boutique in Barcelona in Spain a few years ago, in partnership with Luis Suarez’s wife.
Apart from that, she must also earn a lot from brand endorsements on her Instagram page, which has over 22 million followers.
What is Antonela Roccuzzo’s net worth?
Antonella Roccuzzo is a successful model, businesswoman, and philanthropist.
As such, many media outlets have, over time, attempted to estimate her net worth.
— Football Paparazzi (@FutbalPaparazzi) July 13, 2016
While there are varying reports of the same, taking into account all her streams of income, Antonella can be estimated to be safely above the $20 million threshold in terms of net worth.
How many kids does Lionel Messi have with Antonela?
Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo have been blessed by the presence of not one, not two, but three children to make their home complete.
The pair had their first child, Thiago Messi, in 2012. Then came the second child, Mateo Messi, in 2015. Just three years later, the couple was blessed with yet another child in the shape of Ciro Messi.
Antonella Roccuzzo: “What a beautiful family I have.” pic.twitter.com/9CyLVsIDiN
— Quotes on Messi (@MESSlQUOTE) January 28, 2016
Messi, Roccuzzo, and their children, also have a pet dog who is a French Mastiff or a Dog de Bordeaux. His name is Hulk. Since dogs are considered to be family members, hence, we decided to add him to the list of family members as well.
How tall is Messi’s wife compared to the man himself?
Growing up, Lionel Messi was diagnosed with a deficiency of the growth hormone in his body.
Now, Lionel Messi stands tall at 5 feet 7 inches. His wife, in comparison, is reportedly 5 feet 2 inches tall.