Argentina striker Lionel Messi and his wife Antonela Roccuzzo are what many people would love to refer to as ‘a match made in heaven’.
Roccuzzo has been extremely supportive of Messi’s career. The model regularly cheers her husband during football matches.
So what d we know about the pair?
They met a children
Messi and Roccuzzo met in their hometown of Rosario, Argentina, as children.
The duo was separated as Messi moved to Spain to join Barcelona when he was a teenager.
Tragedy brought them back together
In 2005, Roccuzzo’s best friend, Ursula Notz, died in a car accident. When Messi found out about the tragedy, he flew back to Argentina from Spain to comfort his future wife.
Long distance didn’t erode their love, pair fell deeply in love during their reunion in Argentina.
According to Vanity Fair España, Roccuzzo went to university in Argentina. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in humanities and social sciences from the National University of Rosario and began postgraduate studies in dentistry. However, she reportedly decided to drop out to move closer to Messi.
Businesswoman and model
Messi’s wife worked with several fitness brands and companies including Adidas and Stella McCartney.
In November 2016, Roccuzzo announced that she signed a modeling contract with designer Ricky Sarkany.
In 2017, Roccuzzo and her friend Sofia Balbi, the wife of Uruguayan football player Luis Suárez, opened Barcelona’s boutique for the Argentinean footwear brand Sarkany.
Messi and Roccuzzo’s wedding was dubbed the ‘wedding of the century.’ Messi’s teammates were in attendance, along with Shakira and her then-partner Gerard Piqué. The wedding was held on June 30, 2017, at a casino in the couple’s hometown.
Messi and Roccuzzo welcomed their first son Thiago in 2012. Their second son, Mateo, was born in 2015 while their third son, Ciro, was born in 2018.