- Lionel Messi (b. June 24, 1987) has been married to Antonela Roccuzzo since 2017.
- Antonella (b. Feb. 26, 1988) is a model and businesswoman.
- She and Lionel have known each other since they were children.
Lionel Messi is in America, and the fans can’t get enough of him! After historic runs as part of FC Barcelona in La Liga, two seasons with Paris Saint-Germain F.C. in Lingue 1, and lifting the World Cup as part of Argentina’s national team, Messi has relocated to South Beach, joining David Beckham‘s Inter Miami as part of USA’s Major League Soccer. Though he has traveled the world, one fan has stuck by his side no matter whose colors he wore: his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo.
In fact, Antonela, 35, has been one of the biggest supporters since Messi, 36, joined Inter Miami. She got up to her feet when Messi scored his first of two goals during Miami’s game with Atlanta United.
Antonela celebrating Leo Messi’s goal vs Atlanta United pic.twitter.com/VlSWcc3SvX
— Leo Messi 🔟 Fan Club (@WeAreMessi) July 26, 2023
There’s no doubt that Messi and Antonela have an adorably close relationship. But how exactly did they get together, and how are things going now? Find out more about the details of their marriage here.
When Did Lionel Messi Meet His Wife?
Lionel and Antonela both grew up in the same town together — Rosaria, Argentina. Antonela is the cousin of Lucas Scaglia, another Argentine soccer player and a childhood friend of Lionel. According to The Sun, Lionel and Antonela met when they were only five years old. However, Lionel moved to Spain at the age of 13 to pursue his athletic career, keeping the two apart.
How Long Have Lionel Messi & His Wife Been Together?
Lionel and Antolea’s relationship began in 2007 when Antonela’s best friend tragically died in a car accident. As soon as he heard the news, Lionel flew all the way from Spain to Argentina to be there for Antonela, according to SportMob. Lionel then went public with the relationship in an interview in 2009.
They Had “The Wedding Of The Century”
In 2017, the two finally tied the knot after a decade of being together. They married in their hometown when Lionel was 30, and Antonela was 29. The wedding had a whopping 260 guests, and pop star Shakira reportedly attended, per BBC. Antonela wore a gown by designer Rosa Clara, while Lionel sported a suit by Dolce and Gabbana. The ceremony was not only described by an Argentine newspaper as “the wedding of the year.” It was also referred to by some as “the wedding of the century.”
Antontela Is A Model And Fitness Enthusiast
Antonela originally went to school for dentistry. However, in November of 2016, she announced that she had signed a contract with Argentine modeling agency Ricky Sarkany. With over a whopping 19 million Instagram followers, it looks like her career has more than taken off.
According to her page, she is also an avid fan of staying in shape. One of her go to activities is boxing, as she posted herself making and dodging a few impressive swings in January of 2021.
Lionel and Antonela Have Three Sons
The couple’s eldest son Thiago was born in November of 2012. According to Si, Lionel got Thiago’s name and handprints tattooed on his leg following his birth. Their middle son Mateo was then born in 2015. “Mateo is very special. He’s always doing new things, things that grab your attention,” Lionel gushed to ESPN in 2019. Their youngest child, Ciro, was born in 2018. The happy mom and dad are avid about posting their family on social media, showing off their love to the world.
“You grow, and you learn. You gather experience in all aspects of life, on and off the field. But, as a human being, having three children changed my perspective on life, my way of thinking and it also helped me grow,” Lionel told FC Barcelona about how fatherhood has shaped him.