At the age of 35, Leo Messi continues to be the mainstay of the Argentine national team’s attack. In the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar, the footballer scored the first goal in the victory against Australia and surpassed Maradona’s mark, to the pride of his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, and sons, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro, who were thrilled in the stands.
“Argentina, I love you! Messi, so proud”, shared Antonela Roccuzzo, after Argentina reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Surrounded by their children, Leo Messi’s wife has been his main motivation in Qatar, where he has been since the beginning of the competition.
With “a white and heavenly smile” – in an allusion to the colors that describe the national team -, the businesswoman has been at all of her husband’s games, who, at 35 years old, continues to be one of the assets of the albiceleste national team, while his family is already seen as a talisman.
“My family is always on my mind. My children because they are grown up and understand everything. They suffer, they enjoy… I am very happy to share these moments with them. It is my first World Cup as my children are already grown and they are also happy”, commented Messi before.
Antonela is their usual companion, as they were very young when they started dating, and the pillar of their stability. Thiago, 10 years old, Mateo, seven years old, and Ciro, four years old, are the result of a long relationship and share their father’s achievements up close, wherever he is.
The Paris Saint-Germain player assured that this is his last World Cup. This Saturday, he scored Argentina’s second goal in the 2-1 victory against Australia, adding three goals in the competition, as many as Enner Valencia (Ecuador), Álvaro Morata (Spain), Kylian Mbappé (France), Marcus Rashford (England) and Cody Gakpo (Netherlands).
Messi ascended to the podium of footballers with the most games played in World Cups, on the day he played the 1,000th game of his career. He also became the best Argentine in the ranking of games played, along with Maradona, who died two years ago on Friday, joining the Portuguese Eusébio in 14th place among the best scorers in the history of the World Cups, with nine goals , being one behind compatriot Batistuta.