Lionel Messi and Antonela Relationship Timeline

Lionel Messi and Antonela: Partners in Life and Love

Lionel Messi and Antonela Roccuzzo are one of the most famous couples in the world of sports. They have been together for more than two decades and have three children. But how did their love story begin and evolve over the years? Here is a timeline of their relationship, from childhood friends to married partners.

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Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo | Image: Getty Images Europe


Messi and Antonela meet for the first time in their hometown of Rosario, Argentina. They are both nine years old and have mutual friends. Messi has a crush on Antonela, but she does not know it yet.


Messi moves to Barcelona, Spain, to join the youth academy of FC Barcelona. He keeps in touch with Antonela through letters and phone calls. He also visits her whenever he returns to Argentina.


Messi and Antonela start dating officially. They keep their relationship private and low-key, avoiding media attention. Messi dedicates his first hat trick for Barcelona to Antonela by writing her name on his shirt.

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Messi and Antonela make their first public appearance as a couple at the Beijing Olympics, where Messi wins the gold medal with Argentina. They also attend the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony together, where Messi is nominated for the first time.


Messi and Antonela move in together in Barcelona. They adopt a dog named Facha, who becomes part of their family.


Messi wins his first FIFA Ballon d’Or award, becoming the best player in the world. He thanks Antonela for her support and love in his speech.


Messi and Antonela welcome their first child, Thiago, on November 2. Messi announces the news on his Facebook page and reveals that Thiago has his name tattooed on his left foot.


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Messi and Antonela have their second child, Mateo, on September 11. Messi misses a training session to be with Antonela during the birth. He later posts a photo of Mateo’s hand on Instagram and writes: “Welcome Mateo! We are very happy.”

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Messi proposes to Antonela with a diamond ring. They announce their engagement on Instagram and receive congratulations from their fans and friends.


Messi and Antonela get married on June 30 in Rosario, in a lavish ceremony attended by more than 250 guests, including many celebrities and football stars. They exchange vows and rings in front of a giant screen that shows their photos and videos. They also have a spectacular party with live music and fireworks.

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Soccer star Lionel Messi, right, and Antonela Rocuzzo pose for pictures at their wedding on June 30, 2017 in Rosario, Argentina


Messi and Antonela have their third child, Ciro, on March 10. Messi shares a photo of Ciro sleeping on his chest on Instagram and writes: “Thank God everything went perfect. Mom and he are very well. We are super happy.”


Messi wins his sixth FIFA Ballon d’Or award, breaking the record for the most wins by any player. He dedicates the award to his family and says that they are his everything.


Messi and Antonela celebrate their tenth anniversary as a couple on February 11. They post romantic messages and photos on social media to mark the occasion. They also face a difficult year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Messi’s uncertain future at Barcelona.


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Messi leaves Barcelona after 21 years at the club, following a contract dispute. He signs for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on August 10, joining his friend Neymar. He says goodbye to Barcelona in an emotional press conference, where he thanks Antonela for being by his side in every moment. He also says that he hopes to return to Barcelona someday with his family.

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Messi and Antonela celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on June 30. They share photos of their wedding day and express their love for each other. They also enjoy their new life in Paris with their children and dog.


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The family of five was all smiles amid Messi’s World Cup tournament.


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