Family Tree of Lionel Messi

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  • Messi's Grandmother
  • Football Growth and Fame
  • Relationship Life
  • Family Life
  • Nicknames of Messi and Its Meaning
  • Facts About the Tattoos on Messi's Body
  • Personal Life Facts

Lionel Messi, was born on June 24th in Rosario, Argentina. He is the third of four children birthed by Celia Maria Cuccittini (mother) and Jorge Messi (father); Messi is Spaniard paternally and also Italian maternally.

He showed early interest in football by playing alongside his brother Mathias and his cousin Emmanuel Biancuchi who is now a professional footballer player.

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Messi’s net worth is about $400 million, he also has a height of 170 cm (in centimeters); 1.70 m, 5’ 7’ (in feet inches) and weight which is approximately 67 kg, 147 Ibs (in pounds), and he is currently 31 years old (as in 2019). Messi’s success story might have not been possible, but for the love and support from his parents and siblings, he was able to reach spotlight.

Messi's Grandmother

We cannot talk Lionel Messi’s success story without mentioning his grandma Celia Olivera Cuccittini because she was the first person who saw the temperament of a football star on his body, when Messi was barely 4 years old. She was the only person then, who wanted to see Messi become a football player. To this end, she took her grandson to his first football training course at Grandoli local football club and she always told him, ‘’ONE DAY, YOU WILL BE THE BEST FOOTBALL PLAYER IN THE WORLD’’.

His grandma’s support was so great that she not only persuaded Messi’s parents to buy him his first pair of football boots, but also asked the local club’s coach to include him in the team. Sadly, she died when Messi was 10 years old, till date whenever Messi scores a goal, he would raise his hand to the sky in celebration of her memory.

Football Growth and Fame

Shortly after the death of Messi’s grandmother, his parents found that he had stopped growing very much compared to his peers. Messi’s caring parents eventually took him to the doctor who revealed that he had growth hormone deficiency. This condition required he will only grow up when he goes through a special treatment with a cost of 1500 euro per month. His parents could barely afford this treatment so his father had no choice but to enroll him at FC BARCELONA, after going for a trial performance, he was picked and the football club took over his treatment expenses.

In the college system of FC Barcelona, Messi was a quiet boy who was initially mistaken for being muted by his teammates. Homesick, he built his talent early and has a good dribbling instinct. His daily work included training during the day and receiving hormonal growth injections in the evening.

In mid 2003, Messi grew naturally and the routine continued. In the same year’s friendly match, he made his debut with the first team of FC Barcelona, Jose Mourinho Porto. His impressive performance in the game won the positive comments of sports writers and Barcelona star player (at that time) Ronaldinho spoke highly of Messi’s talent and also met him.

Over the years, Messi has been getting better and better in Barcelona and reached his first historical high in the 2008-2009 seasons, when he helped Barcelona achieve its first triple in the Spanish football world. This development also saw him win the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the year at the age of 22. The rest, as they say, is history.

Relationship Life

Lionel Messi is married to his childhood sweetheart, Antonella Rocuzzo, who is neither a model but a simple town girl from Rosario. Their relationship began as a novel between a cleaner’s son and a daughter of a grocery store owner. Their communication started as a play for young children.

Although, the couple had known each other when Messi was five years old but they met formally eight years later through Antonella’s cousin and Messi’s best friend Lucas Scaglia. The love birds kept in touch while Messi was building a career in Spain and in 2008, she moved in with him in Barcelona. They got married nine years later after having two sons. So far, their relationship has bore three sons, Thiago Messi (born on the 2nd November 2012); Mateo Messi (born on 15th September 2015); and Ciro Messi (born on 10th march 2018).

Family Life

Messi was born into a 6 member family, below is detailed information about his support family.

Messi’s Father: Jorge Messi, Messi’s father was born in 1958. Before working as a coach, he worked at the Grandoli local football club in a still mill. Currently, Jorge is his son’s agent and he has been filling this role for decades.

Messi’s Mother: Messi’s mother, Celia Maria Cuccittini is a big fan of football, she was a part time cleaner and she is really close to her last son Messi, whenever she visits him she always cooks him his favorite Italian dish, Neapolitan Schnitzel and she currently helps him manage his charitable foundation. She also loves the American Singer Lionel Ritchie and it seems Lionel Messi was named after this singer because of her love for his songs.

Messi’s Brothers: Messi likes the companionship of his two brothers who played football with him. They include; Rodrigo Messi and Mathias Messi.

Rodrigo Messi was born on 10th February 1980 and he is responsible for managing Messi’s schedule and promotion.

Mathias Messi was born on 23rd June 1982 and is also a professional footballer responsible for the Lionel Messi Foundation. He illegally owned a gun in 2016 and was ordered to teach football for one year in his hometown.

Messi’s Sister: Maria Sol is the youngest of all four siblings and also the only female sister Messi has, she grew up and was considered a queen by her brothers. She is responsible for public relations in Messi’s family. Thanks to her brother she also has millions of followers, in difficult times she always supports Messi and when there’s a problem, she goes to him, hold him by the hand and tells him, sit and remain silent.

Nicknames of Messi and Its Meaning

Messi has two interesting nicknames which are derived from his decades of professional career. They include ‘Messidona’ and ‘La Pulga’. After an amazing goal against Getafe in 2007 Copa del Rey semi finals, he was nicknamed Messidona. Many people think this goal is similar to a goal Maradona scored against England in 1986 World Cup. On the other hand, Messi is called La Pulga which is a Spanish translation of ‘flea’. They say Messi is like a flea, a defender of small attacks. In some ways, he is informally called ‘GOAT’ which is an abbreviation translated as ‘greatest of all times’.

Facts About the Tattoos on Messi's Body

Messi has about seven tattoos, the meaning behind the legendary ink of football will be revealed.

  • Starting from his upper body is his love for his mother, tattoo, which shows how much he cherishes her.
  • His triceps have a religious root of Jesus.
  • Barcelona’s Roman Catholic Church is highlighted on his right arm.
  • Next to the church symbol is a closed lotus flower which symbolizes that talent can grow anywhere and anytime
  • Next to the lotus flower is a rose window in a church building which shows his love of the city.
  • His left leg is completely covered by unclear ink.
  • Next to it is the number 10, which is his jersey number.


Personal Life Facts

Lionel Messi is unconditionally loved by millions of people around the world, because his goal is to play correctly regardless of how many fouls he has. Therefore, he is a typical embodiment of persistence, dedication and thought.

More importantly, he is a modest and down to earth person, not for fame but for expressing himself. His contribution to making the world a better place through the Lionel Messi Foundation cannot be ignored.

Far from charity, he is a loving father and a good husband. It can be said that Lionel Messi belongs to the legends of life that has rarely been produced by a generation.

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