Lionel the family man! Messi celebrates World Cup win with his jubilant wife and children after taking Argentina to glory in stunning victory against France
- Messi’s three sons, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro rushed onto the pitch after the win
- His wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, has also been by his side at every major win
- The Argentina player scored twice in the game before winning 4-2 in penalties
The star player’s three sons, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro bundled onto the pitch with excitement just moments before the epic trophy lift.
Messi’s childhood sweetheart, Antonella Roccuzzo, also followed them – she has been by his side at every major win including the Ballon d’Or football awards.
The family had been watching from the stands cheering for Messi throughout the historic game which ended with 4-2 to Argentina.
The star player’s three sons, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro bundled onto the pitch with excitement just moments before the epic trophy lift
Once the family had reached the pitch, they took a photo together – his wife beaming as she held the phone.
While the team’s win has been vital in silencing some debate around Messi being the best soccer player ever, it also held great importance to his family.
The win comes after Messi received a letter of encouragement from his 10-year-old son, Thiago, ahead of the game.
The letter read: ‘Boys, now we are excited again, I want to win the third, I want to be world champion, and we can see Diego from heaven, with Don Diego and La Tota, rooting for Lionel.’
Although it was written to cheer his father on ahead of the match, it also quoted the Argentinian song ‘Muchachos’, jabbing at England over the Falklands War.
Messi and wife Antonella take a selfie on the pitch after Argentina won the World Cup
Messi’s wife (Antonella Roccuzzo) and their their three sons watching from the stands at tonight’s match
The win comes after Messi received a letter of encouragement from his 10-year-old son which included insults aimed at England ahead of the game
Lionel Messi’s son, Thiago, wrote a letter to his father ahead of the World Cup final today
Despite Messi’s football successes, he has been known to be quite the family man with a ‘normal life‘, enjoying a kickabout with his sons in the back garden and enjoying BBQs.
All three of Messi’s sons attend a private international school in Paris, after Messi signed a two-year deal with football club Paris Saint-Germain in 2021.
The couple’s children Thiago, Mateo and Ciro are nine, six and four respectively.
Antonella is the cousin of Messi’s childhood friend and met him when he was just five years old.
The couple married five years ago in their hometown roughly 200 miles from Buenos Aires.
A number of famous guests attended their wedding including teammates Gerard Pique, and then pop star wife Shakira.
Antonella wore a lavish dress by Spanish designer Rosa Clara, known for her A-list bridal gowns.
The 34-year-old now runs a designer fashion range which is a far cry from her childhood in Rosario, in the central Argentine province of Santa Fe.
Despite Messi’s football successes, he has been known to be quite the family man with a ‘normal’ life, enjoying BBQs with his family
The victory sees the 35-year-old Messi finally clinch World Cup glory in his incredible career