Lionel Messi’s sons Mateo, Thiago, and Ciro cheered him on as Argentina defeated France in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The soccer star, who scored two goals in the match, hugged his two sons after the game while wearing jerseys with their father’s and number (10). Antonella Roccuzzo, their younger brother and mother, joined them and posted sweet photos from the family celebration. “I don’t even know how to start,” Roccuzzo captioned photos of herself, Messi, and their three sons. “We are proud of you @leomessi Thank you for teaching us to never give up and until the end.
You are a world champion, and we know what you went through for so long to get here!” Messi and Roccuzzo, childhood friends who reunited in 2005, had their first son, Thiago, in 2012. Mateo, their second son, was born in 2015, and Ciro, their third, in 2018. The athlete told FC Barcelona fatherhood changed his life.
“You grow and you learn,” he said 2017. “You gain life experience on and off the field. However, having three children changed my life, thinking, and growth.” Despite not being his first World Cup appearance, Messi told reporters that his boys are old enough to “enjoy it more.”
“From the very beginning, from -off to the final whistle, I’m thinking of my children,” he told The Athletic after defeating Australia in the round of 16. They’re aging. They enjoy it more and understand it better.”