After adding a FIFA World Cup trophy to his illustrious cabinet, Lionel Messi consolidated his reputation as the greatest footballer of all time. 

In this incredible journey, right from the outset, Messi’s family has been a huge part of his life. From his parents who helped him reach La Masia from the streets of Rosario, to his wife and children who consistently back him, they have been his biggest support system. 

Messi married his childhood sweetheart Antonela Roccuzzo in 2017 after being together for nearly a decade, since 2008. The couple have three kids, Thiago Messi Roccuzzo, Matteo Messi Roccuzzo and Ciro Messi Roccuzzo.

Antonela Roccuzzo grew up in Rosario, also Messi’s hometown, before moving to Barcelona and subsequently Paris alongside her spouse. As it turned out, they decided to get married in Rosario, the place where they first met. Antonela is the cousin of former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Lucas Scaglia. 

Their first son Thiago was born on November 2, 2012. Memorably, Messi celebrated Roccuzzo’s first pregnancy by placing the ball under his shirt after his goal against Ecuador in a friendly. A few days later, he confirmed the news himself to the media.

In April 2015, the Argentine forward announced that the couple were expecting their second child, Matteo, who was born on September 11. 

Thiago and Matteo have been enrolled into the PSG Youth academy in the U-10 and U-7 divisions, respectively. Thiago was also a part of Barcelona’s football school, where he played alongside Luis Suarez’s son, Benjamin Suarez in the U-8 age category. 

Ciro, their youngest son, was born on March 10, 2018, nearly a year after the couple got married. 

Messi always keeps his family above his profession and has made it evident. 

“My son has changed my life more than the Ballon d’Or [awards] have. When I look at life, think about each moment, when I analyze every situation…Now everything is different,” said Messi after winning the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time in 2013.

Lionel Messi’s kids


Date of Birth

Thiago Messi Roccuzzo

November 2, 2012

Matteo Messi Roccuzzo

September 11, 2015

Ciro Messi Roccuzzo

March 10, 2018

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