Lionel Messi, Wife Antonela Roccuzzo's Relationship Timeline (2024)

True love! Lionel Messi has known his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, since they were children.

“The truth is that [I admire] everything [about Antonela],” the soccer star gushed toMarcain an October 2019 interview. “She has many good qualities: how she gets by on a daily basis; her personality; she is always in a good mood; and she always faces up to problems in an admirable way. She is a very intelligent person who is great in all aspects of life.”

Messi first met Roccuzzo when he was 5 years old in their native Argentina. Despite a sweet friendship, the professional athlete left home at age 13 to pursue his soccer training in Spain. They eventually reconnected in 2005 after Messi found out that the model’s best friend had died in a fatal car accident. The Paris Saint-Germain F.C. athlete flew back to his hometown to comfort Roccuzzo, nearly four years before they publicly confirmed their romance.

Messi proposed in 2010, two years before welcoming son Thiago. The couple — who also share sons Mateo, born in 2015, and Ciro, born in 2018 — wed in July 2017 in their hometown of Rosario, Argentina.

“That he chose his city, to choose Rosario to come to marry, to bring his companions of Barcelona and other guests to discover the city that saw him grow … it’s just who Leo is,” Messi’s former coach Enrique Domínguez told CNNat the time. “A guy with affection, with memory, a grateful guy because being who he is, he could have been married in the best place in the world.”

The married couple have continued to grow in love while raising their brood, who love cheering on Messi’s athletic matches.

“You grow and you learn. You gather experience in all aspects of life, on and off the field,” the Ballon d’Or winner toldMarcain 2019 of fatherhood. “But, as a human being, having three children changed my perspective on life, my way of thinking and it also helped me grow.”

He added at the time: “Even though there are few moments of respite at home with three kids, [Antonela and I] try to enjoy every second with them, whether it is watching the TV, playing or whatever. We like to stay at home and enjoy these moments.”

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Roccuzzo and the pair’s sons dutifully watched Messi compete with Argentina’s national team in the 2022 World Cup championship, which they won that December.

“I CANT EXPLAIN IT BECAUSE YOU WONT UNDERSTAND!!!!.🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷LET’S GO ARGENTINA!!! LETS GO@leomessi!!!!!,” the social media influencer captioned a stadium pic with Thiago, Mateo and Ciro before the final match, in which they all wore jerseys with Messi’s number.

Scroll below for Messi and Roccuzzo’s complete relationship timeline:

True love! Lionel Messi has known his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, since they were children.

“The truth is that [I admire] everything [about Antonela],” the soccer star gushed toMarcain an October 2019 interview. “She has many good qualities: how she gets by on a daily basis; her personality; she is always in a good mood; and she always faces up to problems in an admirable way. She is a very intelligent person who is great in all aspects of life.”

Messi first met Roccuzzo when he was 5 years old in their native Argentina. Despite a sweet friendship, the professional athlete left home at age 13 to pursue his soccer training in Spain. They eventually reconnected in 2005 after Messi found out that the model’s best friend had died in a fatal car accident. The Paris Saint-Germain F.C. athlete flew back to his hometown to comfort Roccuzzo, nearly four years before they publicly confirmed their romance.

Messi proposed in 2010, two years before welcoming son Thiago. The couple — who also share sons Mateo, born in 2015, and Ciro, born in 2018 — wed in July 2017 in their hometown of Rosario, Argentina.

“That he chose his city, to choose Rosario to come to marry, to bring his companions of Barcelona and other guests to discover the city that saw him grow … it’s just who Leo is,” Messi’s former coach Enrique Domínguez told CNNat the time. “A guy with affection, with memory, a grateful guy because being who he is, he could have been married in the best place in the world.”

The married couple have continued to grow in love while raising their brood, who love cheering on Messi’s athletic matches.

"You grow and you learn. You gather experience in all aspects of life, on and off the field,” the Ballon d’Or winner toldMarcain 2019 of fatherhood. “But, as a human being, having three children changed my perspective on life, my way of thinking and it also helped me grow.”

He added at the time: “Even though there are few moments of respite at home with three kids, [Antonela and I] try to enjoy every second with them, whether it is watching the TV, playing or whatever. We like to stay at home and enjoy these moments.”

Roccuzzo and the pair’s sons dutifully watched Messi compete with Argentina’s national team in the 2022 World Cup championship, which they won that December.

“I CANT EXPLAIN IT BECAUSE YOU WONT UNDERSTAND!!!!.🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷LET'S GO ARGENTINA!!! LETS GO@leomessi!!!!!,” the social media influencer captioned a stadium pic with Thiago, Mateo and Ciro before the final match, in which they all wore jerseys with Messi’s number.

Scroll below for Messi and Roccuzzo’s complete relationship timeline:

Credit: Courtesy of Lionel Messi/Instagram

2009

Shortly after the former FC Barcelona athlete reunited with his former childhood crush after the death of a mutual friend, they publicly debuted their romance in 2009.

Credit: Courtesy of Lionel Messi/Instagram

2010

One year later, the pair got engaged.

Credit: Courtesy of Lionel Messi/Instagram

November 2012

The twosome announced in June 2012 that they were expecting their first child. Son Thiago was born on November 2.

Credit: Courtesy of Antonela Roccuzzo/Instagram

September 2015

The dietician gave birth to son Mateo on September 11.

Credit: Jose Almeida/picture-alliance/Cover Images

July 2017

The twosome wed in a star-studded ceremony in their hometown, including Messi’s former teammate Gerard Piqué and his now-ex Shakira. (The former couple announced their split in June 2022.)

Credit: Courtesy of Antonela Roccuzzo/Instagram

March 2018

Ciro completed the soccer star’s family on March 11.

Credit: Courtesy of Antonela Roccuzzo/Instagram

August 2019

Roccuzzo and Messi were all smiles during a date night in Sitges, Spain.

Credit: Courtesy of Antonela Roccuzzo/Instagram

December 2020

The family of five wore matching red pajamas on Christmas.

Credit: Courtesy of Antonela Roccuzzo/Instagram

November 2021

“I love you so much, my love❣️,” the mother of three gushed in Spanish via Instagram, sharing kissing snaps with her man in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Credit: Courtesy of Lionel Messi/Instagram

January 2022

Messi posed with Roccuzzo and their family dog after recovering from his bout with the coronavirus.

Credit: Courtesy of Lionel Messi/Instagram

August 2022

Roccuzzo and her sons matched in white outfits during a family lunch with Messi.

Credit: Courtesy of Antonela Roccuzzo/Instagram

December 2022

“Momentos ❤️❤️,” Roccuzzo wrote via Instagram, sharing a cuddly snap with her man.

Credit: Courtesy of Antonela Roccuzzo/Instagram

December 2022

The family of five were all smiles amid Messi's World Cup tournament.

Credit: YOAN VALAT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

February 2023

The duo both wore black as they attended the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony together in Paris.

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