He fell in love with his wife when he was 9 years old. Lionel Messi proves that he is not only a great footballer, but also a man

The Argentine footballer attracts attention not only with his sports performance, but also with his private life. He is different from most celebrities.

Lionel Messi is currently the biggest star

After Argentina managed to claim their third overall World Cup title on Sunday, attention turned to the team’s main star – Lionel Messi. The 35-year-old footballer took part in the championship for the last time and, as usual with his sporting performances, he did not disappoint again. The Argentine captain scored two goals during the game, and with his personal record for the number of matches played at the World Cup, he proved that he is rightly one of the best athletes in the world. Photo gallery In the big moment, his family also lived everything with him. Antonela Roccuzzo, wife of Lionel Messi with children during the final of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Source: Profimedia

Even during his success, he didn’t forget his home

Messi began to devote himself to sport, which made him famous today and brings him millions of euros a year, as a little boy. He was only 9 years old when his daily schedule included two-phase training sessions during which he perfected himself. It was at this time that he met Antonela, 8 years old. His teammate’s cousin watched football matches faithfully and it seemed like she couldn’t take her eyes off the clever Lionel. It was mutual – and Messi fell in love for the first time. Childhood love lasted for several months, but no one paid much attention to it. The paths of the two children, who were on the threshold of puberty, diverged when Messi traveled to Spain. At 13, he already had a contract with FC Barcelona, ​​who took him under his wing. Despite being thousands of miles away from his homeland, he never forgot his childhood friends. Although the athlete was not in active contact with them, he sporadically contacted his former teammates – and even Antonela, his first love. Top Diva.sk We remember our first love for a lifetime! Does it also affect our later love and marital life? Experts… Five years later, the name of Messi was already mentioned in all the sports media – and not only the hardcore fans of the favorite sport, it was clear that another legend of Argentine football was born (note, after Diego Maradona). He also enjoyed success at home and helped Argentina win the Under-20 World Cup. However, while he was fine, his first love was going through one of the hardest times of his life. Antonela’s best friend tragically died in a car accident…

They were reunited by misfortune

Despite the huge fame with which the footballer was already surrounded at that time, instead of the thousands of women who flocked to his feet, he decided to devote his attention to Antonela. The couple started spending time together and although Messi is a football star and Antonela is a dental student, they managed to connect their different worlds. After a few months of a long-distance relationship, the Argentinian beauty moved in with her childhood sweetheart – and from then on they belong to one of the most beautiful couples in show business. The couple said yes in 2017, after more than 10 years of dating. Photo gallery Antonela Roccuzzo and Lionel Messi started dating around 2005 Source: Profimedia The star couple’s two sons also enjoyed the beautiful wedding, to which a third boy was later added. All three, together with their mother-in-law, cheered on their father in the shirt with the number 10. It is the wonderful family who are the footballer’s greatest support and motivation. Even though Messi protects his privacy, he doesn’t hide the fact that he admires his wife – and just as she’s proud of him, he’s also proud of her. “My wife Antonela has many wonderful qualities. I admire her, how she approaches things, how she solves things on a daily basis and, despite everything, she is in a good mood. She is very intelligent and well-oriented in all aspects of life”, revealed the Argentine footballer about the love of his life.

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