Facts You Need to Know about Lionel Messi’s Wife, Antonella Roccuzzo
Despite knowing each other since their childhood, Lionel Messi and his wife, Roccuzzo are in the early stages of marriage. The longtime couple got married on June 30, 2017 in a very luxurious wedding ceremony.
There is no greater joy than marrying a childhood friend, someone who has known you for decades, seen you at your worst and still loved you even more. That is exactly what happened to Messi and his wife.
Not many know but she is the cousin of Messi's childhood friend Lucas Scaglia, who is also a football player. The two had known each other since they were five.
Messi and Antonela are happily married after dating for a decade and are proud parents of three sons named Thiago Messi Rocucuzzo, Ciro Messi Roccuzzo, and Mateo Messi Roccuzzo.
Roccuzzo might not be as popular as her husband but she has got a tremendous fan following online with an Instagram following of a whopping 12 million followers.
The followings are the top facts you need to know about Antonela Roccuzzo:
Antonella Roccuzzo’s Bio
Born on February 26, 1988, in Santa Fe, Rosario, Argentina, Antonella was raised along with her two sisters, Carla, and Paula Roccuzzo. Her father, Jose Roccuzzo, was a businessman and her mother, Patricia Blanko, was a homemaker.
Messi, on the other hand, was born one year before her in a humble background and developed his talent in Newell’s Old boys’ club, one of the famous football clubs in Rosario.
Being raised up in the same neighborhood, Messi became friends with one of Antonella’s cousins, who in turn introduced him to Roccuzzo. All this happened before Messi became a football star.
Prior to Antonella’s enrollment into the University of Argentina to study Odontology in order to actualize her dreams of becoming a dentist, Antonella completed her basic education from one of the local high schools of Rosario.
Roccuzzo moved on to study Social Communications so as to enhance her social media skills thereby forgetting her childhood dream of becoming a dentist.
Regardless of the lengthy history together, Antonella and Lionel parted ways to follow their dreams, only to reconnect later in 2007. It all happened when one of Roccuzzo’s close friends died in a car crash, and Messi didn’t hesitate traveling all the way to Argentina to comfort her. At that moment, Antonella realized that Messi was the right person for her.
Roccuzzo fell in love with someone else!
While Messi was traveling to Barcelona, Antonella got the opportunity to meet another man. The couple had some time off when Messi was away in Spain, and this man, who is not known, tried stealing Roccuzzo’s heart.
However, it was all short-lived since she eventually made things right, rekindled her relationship with Messi, and focused on making her love life better. Since then, there have been no scandals or infidelity cases between them.
What many do not know, is that almost instantly after Messi's departure to Spain to play for Barcelona, Antonella got into a relationship with another man. That sounds like all the norm, but when Antonella found out about Messi's return to Argentina, she quickly dumped her ex-boyfriend to go back to her true match.
Her ex-boyfriend said, “She dumped me, but at least she didn’t leave me for any old bloke – she dumped me for Messi.”
After dating privately for one year, Messi came out publicly in 2009 during an interview and admitted they were officially dating.
A month later, they were seen together at a carnival after a derby between Barcelona and Espanyol and soon afterward, they went out on numerous public dates and vacations. The lovely duo got married in 2017, despite dating for a decade. No one truly knows what kept them waiting.
What happened afterward is history. They have been a sensation to many and a perfect testimony that true love still exists.
To describe Roccuzzo’s character, we can use a whole lot of adjectives, such as hot, foxy, flawless, stunning, glamorous, beautiful, radiant, and exquisite. However, what many of her fans do not know, is that Antonella has a nickname that she predominantly goes by. It is "la negra," meaning black color.
It is not a surprise with her long lush dark locks and sun-kissed (all year long) skin color that her parents decided to give her that nickname.
Most parents do give their children nicknames of their own, and often, the children will bear it with them for the rest of their lives, and so did Antonella.
The nickname, which is a word from the Spanish language, means the black color in English, perfectly matching Messi's woman; the colorful nickname seems to match her outgoing personality too.
Roccuzzo is a Model
Antonella signed her first modelling contract but, prior to that, her career was set on a different path.
She initially studied to become a dentist, before dropping that for social communication and, ultimately, deciding that modelling was her true calling.
Roccuzzo’s career path has evolved since she first started dating Messi. She initially started out training to be a dentist in college.
Roccuzzo initially trained to be a dentist at university. But she ultimately switched to social communication. In November 2016, she posted on Instagram, stating that she had signed a modelling contract with Argentine fashion label Ricky Sarkany.
Whilst many celebrities’ wives thrive off their income, fame, and achievements, Antonella has proved to be different by striving to be independent and continually promoting feminism. Growing up, she dreamt of being a health nutritionist as well as a dentist. This acted as motivation throughout her childhood.
She succeeded in her elementary and high school studies further went to university and studied nutrition and dietetics. With a great vision and drive, she went ahead and studied odontology and social communication. However, after moving to Spain-Barcelona, her aspect of life changed, and so did her passion.
After getting engaged to the 6 time Ballon d’Or winner, she developed a taste in modeling, something that would later satisfy the public eye and build her reputation. It goes without saying, she has magnificent beauty and elegance, something that has contributed to her success in the fashion industry. She has mastered the art of being decent while still creating her own unique style.
Aside from that, she has worked with a few reputable fashion brands both in Spain and Argentina, where she has both modeled and done advertisements. However, most of her popularity comes from being married to Messi, who has over the years landed himself many brand advertisement deals.
It is worth mentioning that prior to his relationship with Antonella, Messi dated the Argentine singer, model, and actress, Luciana Salazar. Nevertheless, it does not come as a surprise that Roccuzzo has also turned out to be one. Notably, most footballers have often chosen to marry models or fitness enthusiasts.
Roccuzzo is Messi’s childhood sweetheart
For some, spending the rest of their lives with someone they’ve known for most of them may be out of line, while some others long just for that. It is certainly what happened for both Lionel and Antonella in the real world.
The couple has known each other since the age of five, as the Barcelona star was childhood friends with Antonella’s cousin, Lucas Scaglia.
While only themselves and close friends know when they started dating exactly, they went public with their relationship in 2008.
Thanks to Scalia, Messi met Roccuzzo when they were growing up in Rosario, Argentina. It all began in 1996, when Messi and Lucas Scaglia, the cousin of Antonella and Leo’s friend in the Newell’s Old Boys youth system, began to spend time together in Rosario.
Antonella would join them, as they would go to the shore of the Parana River. Leo was just nine-years-old, but was already in love with the daughter of the Rosario supermarket chain owners.
Those who know Messi recall that he used to write letters as a kid, stating that one day Antonella would be his girlfriend. It was not until he had turned 21-years-old that the relationship became known.
Messi flew back to Rosario in 2007 to be with Ruccuzzo after her close friend died. It is believed this trip helped spark their relationship.
When Messi and Roccuzzo started dating has been debated, with friends claiming it started as early as 2007. If so, it would not be until 2009 when Messi publicly acknowledged he was in a relationship. Prior to the 2010 World Cup, Ruccuzzo moved to Barcelona to be with Messi.
The death of a friend of Antonella’s in a traffic accident led to the renewed meeting of Antonella and Leo. It was reported that Messi learned of the tragedy and quickly travelled to Argentina to be at her side. It was then that their relationship progressed, but they chose to keep it private.
Messi returned to Barcelona, while Antonella began to study Odontology at the National University of Rosario, leaving the course after six months and trying her luck in Social Communication, which she studied for a year.
Antonella’s friends say that she revealed her relationship with Messi to them on July 20, 2007. Despite this, the confirmation that the relationship was established happened before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Roccuzzo travelled for the first time to Barcelona and moved in with Leo Messi.
Roccuzzo and Messi’s wedding featured a who’s who list from the world of soccer and pop culture.
Argentinian papers referred to the event as the “wedding of the century.”
As expected, their colorful wedding was graced by numerous dignitaries including football stars; Sergio Aguero, Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas, Samuel Eto, among others. To reinforce their strong roots, they held the wedding at the City Centre Hotel in Rosario, Argentina.
Business partners with Louis Suarez’s wife
Upon moving to Spain, Antonella probably had to let go of past dreams, as of course, she evidently never thought she would end up in Spain one day.
In December 2016, prior to her wedding to the wizard of soccer, Antonella ventured off on her own project and became an entrepreneur.
Roccuzzo decided to make her vision come true and open a shoe store in Spain, along with Sofia Balbi, who is the wife of Luis Suarez, Messi's teammate. With her looks, and who she is married to, starting a shoe brand in a culture that highly encourages style was definitely a brilliant idea.
While Lionel strikes up a fearsome partnership upfront with Louis Suarez for Barcelona, their better halves make a formidable pair themselves.
Antonella, along with the Uruguayan forward’s wife, Sofia is business partners, and co-own footwear brand, Sarkany’s first outlet in Europe, based in Barcelona.
Over the years, Lionel and Suarez have become a formidable duo, putting up great performances all over Europe and showing the importance of teamwork. Surprisingly, their wives too have teamed up and become strong allies, as far as business is concerned.
Roccuzzo’s brand has managed to grow more popular so far. In addition, her union with a football wizard gives her the upper hand, because all their dedicated fans would love to promote her work.
Unlike the heavily tattooed Messi, Antonella bears a few pieces of art on her body.
She has both her sons’ names inked on the back of her hands, and both she and her famous husband have matching crown tattoos. They are certainly the Royal couple of the soccer world!
To commemorate and honor their relationship, Antonella decided to show her unconditional love for her Argentinian lover by getting a tattoo that matched one he already had.
Messi who is considered the greatest player to play the game, is full of ink, but got himself a king's crown before the pair got married. Later, Antonella got a Queen Crown tattoo so that she could match her partner.
Luckily for Roccuzzo and Messi, they have 3 children, who all resemble them and could one day become as famous as their parents. The surprising bit is that the first two were born while the couple was still dating, while the third one came soon after their wedding.
In June 2012, during the celebration of one of his goals against Ecuador, Messi placed the ball under his shirt to portray a pregnant woman, a clear message to fans and the world that they were expecting a baby. Later in November that same year, Thiago, their first son was born.
The couple took the news to social media, where numerous fans congratulated and showed their love for the newborn. Messi, one of the greatest goal scorers, couldn’t be contented with just one baby; people expected a second baby sooner or later.
This came to happen during the 2014-2015 season when their second son Mateo was born. During both occurrences, Messi had to take time off the pitch to be with his family. That was not the end for them. One year after the couple got married (2017), they surprised people with yet another baby boy named Ciro.
Since Roccuzzo is below 35, we do hope to see more babies from the inspiring couple. Fans have often speculated that one if not all of Antonella’s children will take after their father, hence contending against Cristiano Ronaldo’s son, Cristiano Jr. who is already enrolled at the Juventus academy.
Who wouldn’t love to see the most famous football rivalry continue? Their dad’s will probably be managing their teams by then.
Roccuzzo stays away from the spotlight
You’d think being a model would mean she grabs any chance she can get for a bit of exposure, but Antonella would rather keep public appearances to a minimum.
She maintains a low profile and doesn’t seek attention. In a way, she manages to stand out without even trying.
She’s been known to turn down interviews and is neither on Twitter nor Facebook. However, she has an Instagram account with over 12 million followers.
However, she loves taking pictures and posting often on her Instagram account. Though she has a stunning figure and all dreamy looks, she focuses on her love for family among other passions.
On Instagram, she has garnered over 12 million followers and has a colorful profile full of family and friends’ pictures. She has no active presence on Twitter and Facebook.
Throughout her journey to fame, we have seen how she has traveled all over the world and cruised numerous territories on yachts, with her family by her side of course. Her ability to remain humble despite fame has helped her keep the family stable and even enabled Messi to be more focused on his career.
People would be surprised to hear that Antonella does most of her daily routines all by herself. From driving her kids to school and doing basic chores to running other home errands. In general, this is one trait that is evident even in the Messi family. Messi’s father is his personal financier, his older brother his publicist, and his mother manages his charity- the Leo Messi foundation.
In as much as her love for pictures knows no bounds, she hates being pictured by paparazzi all the time and avoids them as much as possible.
What made Messi settle with Roccuzzo?
We believe it is something more than the looks. Despite being shy in public, she is quite interesting to the people around her.
Over the years, she has made friends with numerous celebrities, more so footballer’s wives and has been seeing hanging out with them. Such include Cesc Fabregas’ wife- Daniella Semaan and Luis Suarez’s wife. This has helped her expand her territories and get friends in high places.
Other than being bold, she loves doing little things such as reading and traveling. Previously, she has displayed her love for novels and has posted pictures of her vacationing while reading. Undoubtedly, the mother of 3 (Roccuzzo) is a combination of both beauty and brains.
Roccuzzo also loves pets and has shown the world how affectionate she is for their chubby Rottweiler- which was one of her many gifts to Messi.
Roccuzzo supports Messi
Long before their kids were born, Antonella could be spotted in most Barcelona and Argentina matches, cheering away from the stands as his husband performed his usual magic.
Even after their kids were born, the family continually supported their dad, and are all huge Barcelona fans.
She has been seen by his side during events, casual dinners and even during his philanthropy occasions. Throughout success and failure, Antonella has stood by Messi’s side and helped him come out stronger each time.
She is still Argentine despite living in Spain and holds her hometown dearly at heart.
Roccuzzo is already popular and successful; however, she continues to further her formal education, particularly in nutrition.
She is interested in good health and doesn’t subscribe to the practice of starving herself to have an ultra-thin body for her profession. She is also pursuing studies in English and Social Communication.
Roccuzzo's Net Worth
The model has accumulated enormous wealth for herself through her endorsement and record deals as well as her boutique business. Her financial value is estimated to be around $20 million.