When it comes to Lionel Messi and the love of his life, Antonella Roccuzzo, their love story has been a sweet and fantastic one. Antonella is a gorgeous woman and a mother of two. Here’s the best part, the couple had known each other right from childhood.
The Barcelona star recently returned home to Rosario and on June 30, 2017, the duo got married in their hometown.
Here we will take you through 10 buzz facts to note about Lionel Messi’s wife Antonella Roccuzzo.
10 Buzz Facts about Antonella Roccuzzo
1. She grew up with the love of her life – Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi had known the love of his life since he was 5 years old. She was born in Rosario just like Messi. They both grew up in Argentina.
Roccuzzo is the first cousin of one of Messi’s best friends, Lucas Scaglia. Messi has a reputation for shyness – particularly as a youngster – but is said to have been besotted with Antonella from a young age, regularly visiting Scaglia’s family home just to get a chance to see her.
However, when Messi left his homeland for Spain at age 13, his love for Roccuzzo never faded. They kept in touch with each other. Since January 2009, the couple has been public about their relationship. They have two sons together, Thiago, 5, and Mateo, 2.
2. She Attended University in Argentina
Antonella was studying odontology before switching to social communication – and then moved to Barcelona to join Messi. She is likely to have focused on raising the couple’s two sons, Thiago and Mateo, over the past few years but recently launched her own line of footwear with Sofia Balbi, the wife of Luis Suarez.
3. She has a Colorful Nickname
Most of her fans are not aware that Antonella has the nickname “La Negra.” Her long black hair and skin colour is the reason why her parents gave her the nickname. Her skin colour is in between light and dark, which is what inspired them to tag her with the name. The term of endearment stuck.
Antonella Roccuzzo has earned a fair amount of respect because of her successful career. The gorgeous model is good at what she does, and she enjoys a rich social life, but she prefers to avoid any unnecessary attention in her direction. She enjoys keeping her personal life private, and this is a part of her uniqueness.
4. She Enjoys Taking Pictures
Antonella enjoys taking pictures. In fact, she posts many of them on the internet. This also gives us an insight into the places that she likes to visit. Many of her photographs are taken aboard fancy yachts from various locales in Europe. There are also quite a few on Instagram of her, her son and Messi.
5. She is an Outgoing Person
Antonella enjoys going out shopping with her friends and husband. Although she seems to be on the camera-shy side, she really isn’t. She attends parties and multiple social events. She also enjoys going to movies and having a rich social life. The fact that she likes to stay out of the limelight has no bearing on her outgoing personality. She just prefers to live as normal a life as possible, despite the fact that she and her husband are both celebrities.
6. She doesn’t Crave for Public Attention
Generally speaking, Antonella Roccuzzo has continued to stay out of the spotlight – though she amassed over four million followers on Instagram.
The 29-year-old is known to be close friends with Suarez’s wife Sofia and Cesc Fabregas’ partner Daniella Semaan.
7. She Married the Love of Her Life
When Lionel Messi was nine years old, he was already in love with Antonella, according to reports. His friends growing up knew that he would write letters that stated he would one day make Antonella his girlfriend. Looks like he kept his promise!
Having been together for at least eight or nine years now and with two children, Messi and Roccuzzo finally tied the knot on June 30 at a ceremony in their hometown of Rosario.
Messi and Antonella have two sons; Thiago, born on November 2, 2012, and is now five, and Mateo, who was born on September 11, 2015, and is two.
Messi has tributes to both of his children tattooed on his body and also sports both of their names on his boots. Clearly a proud father, he also regularly shares pictures of the family on his Instagram account.
8. She is a Beauty with Brains
Soccer players and models tend to go hand in hand. So it’s no surprise that Lionel Messi was romantically linked to models like Luciana Salazar before he and Antonella started dating. While she makes money as a model, she was actually studying to be a dietician when she moved to Barcelona to live with Messi.
9. She like Dogs, Disney, and Harry Potter
Antonella Roccuzzo doesn’t have a Facebook or Instagram account, but she does have an Instagram. She has filled it with pictures of her two boys with Lionel – Thiago, 5, and Mateo, 2. She also has shown love for her three dogs as on the ‘Gram. She also has posted scenes from Disney movies and pics from the Messi’s family vacation at Disneyland. When she gets some downtime, she likes to curl up with a good book – including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
10. The Couple’s Relationship Became Romantic When He Comforted Her Following the Death of a Friend in 2007
According to reports, Antonella’s relationship with Lionel Messi blossomed after he returned to Rosario to console her following the death of a friend in a traffic accident. That is said to have been sometime back in 2007, but their association was kept private for years.
Roccuzzo and Messi parted ways when he left Argentina for Spain at 13. The pair were reportedly having regular dates in their youth along the banks of the Parana river.
In 2007, Messi returned to his homeland when one of Antonella Roccuzzo’s close friends was killed in a car accident. While comforting her, it’s thought that the two developed a romantic relationship. It wasn’t until January 2009 when Messi announced the relationship. He told a Barcelona talk show, “Yes, I have a girlfriend. She is in Argentina. The truth is that I am well and I am relaxed.”