LIONEL MESSI lives a quiet life for a football icon, unlike that of his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
He will be looking to win his first World Cup with Argentina but the nation need to get a positive result when they face Mexico this week to have a chance.
And what is known about the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is that he married his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in July 2017.
Who is Antonella Roccuzzo and how did she meet Lionel Messi?
Like Lionel Messi, Antonella Roccuzzo was born in Argentina’s third largest city, Rosario.
She has known the Barcelona star since she was five as her cousin Lucas Scaglia was a childhood friend of his.
If Messi has a reputation for being shy, that certainly wasn’t the case with his pursuit of Antonella, as he would regularly visit her home from a young age just to see her.
It’s not known how long the two were together behind closed doors, but they went public with their relationship in 2008.
The bond between the couple is believed to have strengthened in 2007 when Messi flew back to Rosario to comfort Antonella following the death of her friend.
What is Antonella Roccuzzo’s job?
Antonella Roccuzzo was initially trained as a dentist at the university.
But eventually she switched to social communication.
In November 2016, she posted on Instagram that she had signed a modeling contract with Argentine fashion label Ricky Sarkany.
Where did her marriage to Lionel Messi take place?
The Barcelona forward married Antonella at a party dubbed Argentina’s ‘wedding of the century’.
It took place at the posh City Center Hotel and Casino in her hometown of Rosario, Argentina.
Premier League stars Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Agüero were in attendance, while Barcelona legends Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol and Samuel Eto’o were also in town.
It has been reported that not only have guests been banned from the phone, but staff have been sworn to secrecy – and over 450 police officers have been called in to deal with the situation.
And the couple looked stunned as they tied the knot in front of their young sons Thiago and Mateo.
On March 10, 2018, Antonella gave birth to the couple’s third son, Ciro.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/soccer/6766345/antonella-roccuzzo-lionel-messi-wife-argentina-barcelona-fifa-best-awards/ Who is Lionel Messi’s wife Antonella Roccuzzo? Argentinian model and former dental student – The US Sun