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Antonella Roccuzzo: This is Lionel Messi's wife

Lionel Messi left his Argentine hometown of Rosario as a child and joined FC Barcelona. Nevertheless, he is still very attached to that place.

The strongest connection is undoubtedly his long-time girlfriend and now wife, Antonella Roccuzzo. She grew up in Argentina and has three children with Messi. The superstar first confirmed the relationship in 2009, and Roccuzzo has long been living in Spain. In the summer of 2017, the two tied the knot

But who is Antonella and how did she actually get to know the five-time world footballer?

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WHO IS ANTONELLA ROCCUZZO?


Like Messi, Roccuzzo was born in Rosario and is the cousin of Messi's childhood friend Lucas Scaglia.

Messi is considered shy - especially when he was younger. Apparently he was so enchanted by Antonella that he visits the Scaglia family regularly just to see them.

She first studied odontology at the university in Argentina, but then switched to the field of social communication before she finally moved to Barcelona to join Leo. It is not known whether she is currently aiming for a special career or just concentrating on bringing up her two sons Thiago and Mateo.

According to Infobae both got significantly closer when Messi traveled to Rosaria to be there for Antonella after the death of a friend who was killed in a traffic accident. This is said to have been in 2007, the relationship to each other was kept secret for a long time.

Overall, Antonella avoids the limelight as best she can and although she has 3.7 million followers on Instagram, she set her account to 'private' in spring 2017. Meanwhile, Antonella Roccuzzo's Instagram profile is public again.

The 29-year-old is friends with Sofia Balbi, Luis Suarez's wife, and Daniella Semaan, Cesc Fabregas' partner.


HOW MANY CHILDREN DOES MESSI HAVE?


Leo and Antonella have three sons. Thiago, born on November 2, 2012, is now four years old. Mato, born on September 11, 2015, is one year old.

Messi's tattoos are reminiscent of his two children, as are the names on his football boots. Messi is a proud dad and also regularly shares pictures with his kids Instagram.

In October 2017, the couple announced with an Instagram post that they were expecting a third child. In February 2018, Messi also revealed what her son will be called. The couple's third child was finally born in March.


WHEN DID LIONEL MESSI AND ANTONELLA ROCCUZZO MARRY?


Since they had been together for almost nine years and had two children at the time, it was high time for a wedding between Messi and Roccuzzo in the summer of 2017.

On June 30, 2017, the two married in the cathedral in Rosario, Argentina. The wedding was a real star casserole: goal has the pictures of the ceremony.

There were around 600 people on the guest list - including some Barca and Argentina team-mates. Incidentally, at the celebration after the wedding, a certain Neymar is said to have already announced his later move to PSG.

Afterwards there was also a smaller celebration in Barcelona for those who could not travel to South America.