Who is Mateo Messi?
Spanish celebrity child Mateo Messi Roccuzzo was born in Barcelona, Spain on 11 September 2015, making Virgo his zodiac sign. He’s only known for being the middle son of Lionel Andres Messi, who’s regarded as one of the best soccer players of all time.
Early life and family
Mateo is being raised in Barcelona alongside his older brother Thiago, born on 2 June 2012, and younger brother Ciro, born on 10 March 2018, by their father Lionel and mother Antonela Roccuzzo; Antonela’s a housewife, and she and Lionel have known each other since they were children. They exchanged vows in a private ceremony on 30 June 2017, after the birth of Thiago and Mateo.
Mateo’s currently attending a local elementary school in Barcelona, and it’s believed that he’s become interested in soccer, looking up to his father.
There are rumors circulating the internet, claiming that Lionel might move his entire family to Miami, Florida USA now that he’s begun playing soccer there, but this remains unconfirmed.
Appearance and net worth
Mateo’s age is seven. He has brown hair and eyes, is 3ft 7ins (1.12m) tall and weighs around 4ft (1.2m).
Mateo’s father Lionel’s net worth’s been estimated at over $600 million, as of August 2023.
Who is his father Lionel Messi?
Professional Argentine-Spanish soccer player Lionel Andres Messi was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina, and his zodiac sign is Cancer. He’s probably known best for the time that he spent playing for Barcelona, although he’s also played for the Argentine national soccer team and most recently for Inter Miami of Major League Soccer (MLS); Messi’s won numerous awards and accolades, including a record of seven Ballon d’Ors and six European Golden Shoes.
He was raised alongside his brothers Rodrigo and Matias and sister Maria Sol in Rosario, by their father Jorge who worked at a steel factory and mother Celia Cuccittini who was employed at a magnet manufacturing company. Messi’s family loved soccer, and this was how he also fell in love with the sport; his maternal grandmother Celia was his biggest influence, and her death greatly affected him. Messi’s dreams about becoming a professional soccer player were nearly ruined when he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency aged 10, but he underwent treatment for two years and managed to beat the condition.
Messi attended Barcelona’s youth academy La Masia and initially played for its team Barcelona B; he was 16 when he made his debut with the first team, in a friendly game against Porto in November 2003. One of Messi’s best friends at the club was Brazilian star Ronaldinho.
He signed his first professional contract with Barcelona on 4 February 2004, and was made a starter for Barcelona B during the 2004-2005 season. Messi signed his first contract as a first team player on 24 June 2005, on his 18th birthday, and was made a starter two months later.
He had to miss the start of La Liga because of problems with the Royal Spanish Football Federation, but this was fixed when Messi received Spanish citizenship on 26 September 2005. He began wearing number 19 and played as a right winger, attacking alongside Samuel Eto’o and Ronaldinho; Barcelona went on to win the Champions League, but Messi didn’t play in the final because of a torn hamstring.
Leo #Messi in the Copa del Rey:
— Leo Messi 🔟 Fan Club (@WeAreMessi) April 18, 2021
His 2006-2007 season was plagued by injuries, and after Ronaldinho lost form in the following season, Messi became the team’s new best player. The 2008-2009 season saw him score his first treble, meaning that Barcelona won La Liga, the Champions League and Copa del Rey.
Messi won his first Ballon d’Or aged 22 in December 2009, and the 2010-2011 season saw him win his third Champions League and fifth La Liga title with Barcelona. The 2011-2012 season was record-breaking for Messi, as he scored five goals in a 16th-round match of Champions League, and became the top scorer in the history of the team on 20 March 2012, after scoring his 232th goal. Barcelona won Copa del Rey in the same year but lost La Liga and the Champions League, the former to Real Madrid and the latter to Chelsea. The same season also saw Messi receive the Guinness World Record for most goals in a year, while he also won his fourth Ballon d’Or.
The 2013-2014 season was marked with Barcelona’s notion of Messidependencia, meaning that the team was highly dependent on Messi and rarely won any matches when he was injured. His second treble with the team was in the 2014-2015 season, and during the 2015-2016 season, Messi broke the record with 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League; his 500th match with Barcelona was on 30 December 2015.
Messi and his team won the 2016 Supercopa de Espana, and he ended the year as Europe’s best scorer with 51 goals, just one more than Zlatan Ibrahimovic; he lost that year’s Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo, but won his fourth Golden Boot.
He won his fifth Golden Booth in the 2017-2018 season, and Messi scored his 600th goal with Barcelona on 4 March 2018; the season saw the team win Copa del Rey and La Liga.
The 2018-2019 season saw Messi win his sixth Golden Boot and 10th La Liga title, and the following year saw him win his sixth Ballon d’Or.
Messi revealed in August 2020 that he wanted to leave Barcelona, because he was dissatisfied with how things had changed within the team; he stated that he was still with the team, because he would have gotten into a legal dispute because of his contract if he were to leave. Messi was able to leave only on 1 July 2021, after his contract expired, and he signed with Paris Saint-Germain on 10 August.
Messi’s final game with Paris Saint-Germain was on 1 June 2022; he signed a 2.5 year contract with Inter Miami of the US MLS on 15 July 2023; he played his first match on 21 July, when Inter Miami defeated Cruz Azul 2-1.