Though Antonela Roccuzzo was thrust into the spotlight early on thanks to her relationship with Lionel Messi, she is also a model and fitness enthusiast in her own right. Per Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Roccuzzo originally went to school for dentistry before signing a contract with Argentine modeling agency Ricky Sarkany. A quick browse of her Instagram profile reveals that she’s a fan of staying in shape in fact, The US Sun reported that one of her go-to activities is boxing. To date, Roccuzzo has partnered with top brands like Adidas by Stella McCartney and Alo Yoga. With 20 million Instagram followers to her name (and counting), it looks like her career has taken off.
Like Messi, Roccuzzo hails from Rosario, Argentina, and it’s where she and the football player first met as children, according to The US Sun. The outlet reports that they went public with their relationship in 2008, and tied the knot over a decade later, in what Argentina’s Clarín newspaper called “the wedding of the century,” via the BBC. The star-studded event featured 260 guests, including Messi’s superstar teammates on the team, Luis Suárez, Neymar, and Gerard Piqué, as well as Piqué’s then-wife, Shakira. Many were touched that Messi, whose fame could afford him any venue in the world, chose to marry Roccuzzo in their hometown. While their wedding made headlines, it’s the story of how they met that’s less well-known.