The story begins in 1996, when Lionel Messi and Lucas Scaglia, who was not only Leo’s best friend but also the cousin of Antonella, began to spend time together in the Newell’s Old Boys youth system in Rosario. Antonella Roccuzzo would often join them on the shores of the Parana River as they often hung out together. Leo was already in love with Antonella, who was the daughter of the Rosario supermarket chain owners. To those who knew him, he was a nine-year-old boy who often wrote letters stating that he would one day make Antonella his girlfriend.
The relationship between the two soon came to be known once Leo turned 21. It was during the programme ‘Hat Trick Barça’, of the Catalan channel ‘TV3’, in January 2009. When asked if he had a girlfriend, the football star confirmed it. It was from that moment, Antonella was linked to Messi, despite having a close relationship with him.
The confirmation of the relationship was established before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Antonella traveled for the first time to Barcelona and that was when she decided to move in with Leo Messi.
Although, Antonella isn’t a fan of football, and in an interview, Messi said, “She gets bored with football. She does not pay attention to me when I go home and say, ‘I scored two goals or I got a hat-trick.’ She is not interested,”
On June 2, 2012, a celebration after a goal against Ecuador in the Monumental stadium, led to the confirmation of an open secret: Antonella was pregnant with Thiago, their first child who was born on November 2, 2012. Later, in the 2014/15 season, Messi confirmed on social media that his wife was expecting their second child, Mateo, who was later born on September 11, 2015. And on March 10, 2018, the couple welcomed their third child, Ciro into the world.
Antonella has been in his life even before he became a star in football and has been a constant support to him. Theirs is a love story like no other and a really beautiful one.