Behind every successful man, they say, is a woman. In Messi's case, his wife Antonela Roccuzzo is the unseen anchor in Lionel Messi's legendary career. 

Who is Antonela Roccuzzo?

Born on February 26, 1988, Antonela Roccuzzo hails from Rosario, – the same city as her famous husband. 

The daughter of Jose Roccuzzo and Patricia Blanko, Antonela is of Italian and Spanish descent and is the middle child between two sisters, Paula and Carla. She's also the cousin of former Argentine Lucas Scaglia, who grew up closely with Messi. 

The unfolding of a love story

The story of Lionel Messi and Antonela Roccuzzo is full of rich history and childhood memories they share. The duo met when they were mere children, with Messi being good friends with Antonela's cousin, Lucas Scaglia. 

Despite the geographical distance that grew between them when Messi relocated to to join FC 's renowned academy, their bond remained intact. Eventually, it blossomed into romance in the late 2000s.

Stepping into public view

In 2009, Messi publicly confirmed his relationship with Antonela Roccuzzo. Until then, Antonela had deliberately maintained a low profile, choosing not to partake in the glamorous lifestyle usually associated with the partners of famous athletes. 

Antonela's decision to stay out of the media glare only sparked greater interest in her life and personality. Now, she's followed by nearly 40 million people on Instagram. 

Education and entrepreneurial endeavors

Antonela Roccuzzo is much more than just Lionel Messi's wife. She studied at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, focusing on nutrition science, though she didn't pursue a career in this field. 

Later, she embarked on her entrepreneurial journey, co-owning a footwear brand called Sarkany in Argentina with her friend and business partner, Sofia Balbi, the wife of Messi's close friend and former teammate, . Unfortunately, the Barcelona-based store shut operations in 2019 due to significant losses. 

Roccuzzo is also a spokesperson for Dolce and Gabbana and Alo, amongst other fashion and fitness brands.