Sources in Argentina have confirmed that Antonella Roccuzzo, the long-time girlfriend of FC Barcelona soccer superstar Lionel Messi, is pregnant. This will be the couple’s first child.
Reports initially began trickling out of Rosario, the city in Argentina where both Leo Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo are from. The news first broke on an Argentine radio program and has since been confirmed by multiple media sources. Though neither Messi nor Antonella have made any official announcement, several sources have received information from family members about the pregnancy.
Messi and Roccuzzo have been dating since 2009. It was earlier reported that the two had secretly married in Ibiza but this was denied by their families.
Followers of the Argentine football information portal “Futbol Argentino” were greeted with confirmation of Messi’s first child: “[CONFIRMADO] Lionel Messi va a ser padre, su novia Antonella está embarazada.”
Lionel Messi is only 24 and is at the height of his career, so it’s difficult to say that choosing to have a child right now is the best decision–but of course these things have a tendency to happen unexpectedly. Maybe Leo decided it was time to prove he’s as capable as Cristiano Ronaldo in all areas–and that includes joining him in the “futbol fathers” club!