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30 June 2017

Who is Antonella Roccuzzo? Lionel Messi’s fiancee to marry Barcelona star in their home city in Argentina

AFTER dating for nine years, Lionel Messi is finally set to tie the knot with fiancee Antonella Raccuzzo.

But who is the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s partner?

Antonella Roccuzzo and Lionel Messi are getting married
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Here is everything we know.

Who is Antonella Roccuzzo and how did she meet Lionel Messi?

Antonella Roccuzzo was born Argentina’s third largest city of Rosario, just like Lionel Messi.

She has known the Barcelona star since she was five years old as her cousin, Lucas Scaglia, was a childhood friend of his.

If Messi has a reputation of being shy, this was certainly not the case in his pursuit of Antonella, as he regularly visited her home from a young age, just to see her.

It is not known how long the pair have been together behind closed doors, but they went public with their relationship in 2008.

The bond between the couple was believed to have strengthened in 2007, when Messi flew back to Rosario to comfort Antonella after the death of her friend.

Antonella has known Messi since he was five years old
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What is Antonella Roccuzzo’s job?

Antonella Roccuzzo initially trained to be a dentist at university.

But she ultimately switched to social communication.

In November 2016, she posted on Instagram stating that she had signed a modelling contract with Argentine fashion label Ricky Sarkany.

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Where is her wedding to Lionel Messi being held?

Antonella and Messi will elope at the City Centre Hotel and Casino in Rosario.

The venue was something of a surprise given that it is next to La Granada, one of the city’s most dangerous neighbourhoods.

All of the Barca first team have been invited, but none of the current board, or former boss Luis Enrique, have been sent invites.


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