What's buzzing:

Dirty Tackle

Messi's girlfriend says 'Happy Birthday' to the star striker with video

Dirty Tackle
Messiandgirlfriend
.

View photo

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 13: FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee Lionel Messi of Argentina and Barcelona and Antonella Roccuzzo arrive during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2013at the Kongresshalle on January 13, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi turns 27 years old today.

If he was to take stock, he'd have to conclude that life is good. He's won every trophy while starring for Spanish club FC Barcelona the last nine years, won the FIFA World Player of the Award four times, and has a beautiful girlfriend, with whom he has a son. 

In an age where love doesn't exist until it exists on social media, Messi's girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo, who reportedly studies nutrition and prefers to avoid the spotlight, said "Happy Birthday" in the most contemporary way: she made a video of their life together and posted it to her Instagram. The video features a cute shot of the couple as kids: they have known each other since the age of five because their families are friends.

  (Antonella Roccuzzo/Instagram)

Over the years, Messi's detractors have only had one valid complaint: he'd yet to truly shine on the biggest football stage of all: the World Cup. In 2006, he became the youngest Argentinian at 17 to represent his country at the World Cup. In spite of sporadic playing time, he made a mark - scoring a goal and assisting on another against Serbia and Montenegro. But in the end he wasn't a huge factor. He didn't play at all in the loss to Germany in the quarterfinals.

By 2010, everything had changed. Messi wore the number 10 shirt and was the undisputed architect of the Argentinian attack. However, his team stumbled in the quarterfinals in a lopsided 4-0 loss to Germany (again).

This summer, Messi is making huge strides to become the successor to Maradona that everyone envisioned. Carrying the hopes of a nation on his diminutive shoulders, Messi has delivered on the pitch. The Argentinians may have struggled to impress in two World Cup matches so far. Luckily for them, they have Messi on their side. He scored a trademark goal after a mazy run in the 2-1 defeat of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Then in their second match he scored the match-winner against Iran when they appeared on the way to an embarrassing draw.

Of course, the World Cup is far from over. It remains to be seen whether Messi can fulfill his "destiny" as Argentina's messiah. His countrymen will hope the video spurs him to further greatness.

 

 

 

View Comments (20)
  • Napoli ban questions about Benitez's future

    Napoli ban questions about Benitez's future

    (Reuters) - Napoli will not allow questions about coach Rafa Benitez's future at a news conference on Thursday amid widespread expectations the Spaniard is poised to replace the sacked Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. Benitez, who has a contract … More »

    Reuters - 6 minutes ago
  • South Africa says bribe allegations `baseless and untested'

    By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Allegations that South Africa promised a $10 million bribe to a former FIFA vice president to win its 2010 World Cup bid were unfounded, a South African Football Association spokesman said on Wednesday. “We … More »

    Reuters - 10 minutes ago
  • A look at the 7 officials arrested in the FIFA raids

    A look at the 7 officials arrested in the FIFA raids

    Here is a look at the seven soccer officials arrested in Switzerland on warrants issued by the U.S. Justice Department after a corruption probe involving FIFA members. Authorities want them extradited to the United States: --- Jeffrey Webb, Cayman … More »

    AP - Sports - 16 minutes ago
  • Coca-Cola calls on FIFA to address issues linked to indictment

    Coca-Cola calls on FIFA to address issues linked to indictment

    By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - FIFA sponsor Coca-Cola Co said on Wednesday that the indictment of senior officials at the soccer governing body had hurt the mission of the World Cup and called on it to address the issues surrounding the … More »

    Reuters - 16 minutes ago
  • THE LATEST: Trinidad issues arrest warrant for Jack Warner

    THE LATEST: Trinidad issues arrest warrant for Jack Warner

    The Latest on FIFA developments: --- 8:45 p.m. (1845 GMT, 2:45 p.m. EDT) An arrest warrant has been issued in Trinidad and Tobago for former FIFA vice president Jack Warner at the request of U.S. authorities, the attorney general of the twin island … More »

    AP - Sports - 20 minutes ago