Lionel Messi, one of the greatest of all time isn’t shy when talking about the love of his life Antonela Roccuzzo, and the remarkable mother she is. Recently Messi expressed his deepest respect for his partner for how she takes care of their children.
Messi acknowledges the challenges Antonela faces when she is alone with the three kids as Messi spends a long time away from home during pre-season, away matches and international duty.
He says-“Antonela is a great mother, and I have great respect for her. She spends 24 hours with the kids while I spend a long time away from home due to travel, matches, the national team, and the preseason.” This heartfelt statement from Messi shows the sacrifices made by the wives of professional athletes. On one stage where Messi is being hailed as the ‘Greatest of all times‘, Antonella is taking care of his children.
🇦🇷🗣️ Lionel Messi: “Antonela is a great mother, and I have great respect for her. She spends 24 hours with the kids while I spend a long time away from home due to travel, matches, the national team, and the preseason.”
– “Sometimes I’m absent for a month or more, and she stays… pic.twitter.com/ntjJMp51Bt
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Messi reflects on the time he has been away for a month or more while Antonela stays all day at home with her kids which can be very daunting as Messi has first-hand experience with how challenging it can be to spend the whole day with the three kids.
In a world where fame and success can easily strain relationships and destroy families, Lionel Messi and Antonela Roccuzzo stand above the rest and provide an example that needs to be followed.
How did Lionel Messi meet Antonela Roccuzzo and how many kids do they have?
In the world of Football, the love story of Messi and Antonela does seem something out of a storybook as it can be hard to believe that one of the greatest soccer players of all time has only ever been with one woman throughout his life.
The two love birds first met back in Argentina at Messi’s friend Lucas Scaglia’s house when Messi was nine years old and Antonela was eight years old. Before going to Spain after signing for Barcelona, Messi used to write letters for her and even told her that one day they will be engaged. Though they remained in touch they barely met until 2005 when Messi flew home to comfort his future partner after one of her friends died.
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1. Leo Messi & Antonela Roccuzzo pic.twitter.com/0fI7K6O2Uy
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The two eventually started dating in 2007, and came out in public in 2009 before announcing the arrival of their first child Thiago in 2012. The couple got married in 2017 in a lavish wedding which was attended by several of his Barcelona and Argentina teammates. The couple currently have three kids, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro who are ten, seven and five years old respectively.
Messi on his wife Antonella: “All my life i’ve had her in my head”
Lionel Messi and Antonela Roccuzzo, met as children growing up in the same neighborhood in Argentina. pic.twitter.com/jiQEYgxMcV
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Messi has revealed recently that he wants another child with his wife and would be hoping for the baby to be a girl as he already is the father to 3 healthy boys.