Married for six years but together for over a decade, Argentinian soccer player Lionel “Leo” Messi and his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, have three adorable sons together: Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro. While playing soccer has always been his first love (in addition to his longtime partner, Roccuzzo, of course), Messi opened up in a 2019 interview about how his kids have shaped his outlook on life: “You grow and you learn. You gather experience in all aspects of life, on and off the field. But, as a human being, having three children changed my perspective on life, my way of thinking, and it also helped me grow.”
In 2022, all of Messi’s passions seemed to come together when two of his boys rushed out to hug him after his team won the FIFA World Cup. Rocuzzo documented the sweet moment on Instagram, and in the caption, she reflected on what her husband has taught her sons. “I don’t even know how to start,” Roccuzzo captioned the gallery, per People. “What a great pride we feel for you @leomessi Thank you for teaching us to never give up, that we have to fight it until the end. IT WAS FINALLY DONE YOU ARE A WORLD CHAMPION, we know what you suffered for so many years, what you wanted to achieve this!!!”
In the summer of 2023, the family underwent a big change when Messi moved his kids to Miami as he transitioned into the US’s Major League Soccer. On July 11, Messi shared a sweet family photo of his wife and kids enjoying time in a pool and at a beach on Instagram, showing that the family seems to be settling in well.
From family-vacation posts to outdoor hangouts, the Messi-Roccuzzo kids are often spotted smiling on social media. And soccer fans are eagerly waiting to see which of the three brothers will follow in their father’s magical soccer footsteps. Read up on Messi and Roccuzzo’s boys ahead.