Lionel Messi

Messi in 2011, photo by Natursports /

Birth Name: Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini

Place of Birth: Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

Date of Birth: 24 June, 1987

Ethnicity: Argentinian [Italian, as well as Catalan, Spanish, possibly other]

Lionel Messi is an Argentinian professional footballer. He is considered one of the best players of the sport. He plays as a forward for, and captains, Major League Soccer club Inter Miami, and the Argentina national team, both. He has also played for Barcelona C, Barcelona B, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain, and captained Barcelona. With Argentina, he won the 2021 Copa América and the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics; and holds the record for most goals in La Liga. He has won seven Ballon d’Or awards and six European Golden Shoes. He has also been an endorser for sportswear company Adidas. He is also known as Leo Messi.

Lionel is the son of Celia María Cuccittini and Jorge Horacio Messi Pérez, a steel factory manager. His cousins are professional footballers Maxi Biancucchi and Emanuel Biancucchi. He moved to Spain at thirteen to play for Barcelona. He is married to social media personality Antonella Roccuzzo, with whom he has three children. Pictures of Lionel’s grandparents and relatives can be seen here and here. He is a citizen of Argentina, Italy, and Spain.

Lionel’s paternal grandfather was Eusebio Italo Messi Baró (the son of Aniceto Antonio Messi and Santa Baro). Aniceto was the son of Italian parents, Angelo Pasquale Messi Catena and Maria Latini Donatii, who were from Recanati, Province of Macerata, Marche. Angelo was the son of Pacifico Messi and Lucia Catena. Maria was the daughter of Raffaele Latini and Rosa Donati. The couple married c. 1890 and moved to Rosario, Argentina c. 1893. Lionel’s great-grandmother Santa was also the daughter of Italian parents, Secondo Baro and Maria Piovesana, who were from Treviso, Veneto.

Lionel’s paternal grandmother was Rosa María Pérez Mateu (the daughter of José Pérez Solé and Rosa Mateu i Gesé). Lionel’s grandmother Rosa was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. José was the son of Ramón Pérez Llobera, who was born in El Poal, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain, and of Maria Solé Font, who was born in Bellcaire, Girona, Catalonia. Lionel’s great-grandmother Rosa was born, c. 1910, in Blancafort de Tragó de Noguera, Catalonia.

Lionel’s maternal grandfather was named Antonio Cuccittini (the son of Arderigo “Federico” Coccettini). Federico was born in Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Italian parents, Raniero Coccettini and Rosa Ricchezza, from San Severino, Marche.

Lionel’s maternal grandmother was named Celia Ramona Oliveira.


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Curious about ethnicity

190 Responses

  1. LP0956 says:

    Lionel Messi DEFINITELY has some Amerindian:

    His brothers look even more native American than him:

  2. Lorenzo Spitaleri says:

    Messi’s oldest known ancestor from Argentina, from his mother’s maternal side. Antonia Dolores Olivera was classified as “Noble” in the Spanish caste, which probably means Spanish or Portuguese origins. Compare it to the others having “Pardo” (mixed) or “Indiano” as their casta.

    • Lorenzo Spitaleri says:

      This obviously doesn’t mean this side of Messi is purely spanish but it’s still pretty interesting.

      I saw an article today on FB claiming Messi has received italian citizenship, but it incorrectly states that his grandma Celia Ramona Olivera is from Marche. When it was actually the parents of Celia’s husband Domingo Cuccittini.

      • Lorenzo Spitaleri says:

        Imo he looks like a good balance of what his genetics are. From the front he looks Spanish and from the side profile he looks more North Italian.

  3. andre says:

    So, he’s 50% Italian (Marche and Veneto), 25% Catalan and possibly 25% Portuguese (considering that Oliveira is a Portuguese surname)

  4. Oaken05 says:

    Wait, did we just find out muricansareallmutts’s villain origin story, the one where he admits he’s self-hating because his ancestry is Spanish? lol What a weirdo.

    Perhaps that’s something he should take up with his therapist instead of taking it out on everyone else on this board. This is not a therapy session.

    • Lorenzo Spitaleri says:

      I think they deleted their stuff lololol

      • MuricansRallMutts says:

        Cause they don’t want me to speak my mind and let the truth be known about my folk this site is plenty of —- users especially ——— and —– who like to attack, insult and target my countrymen and the admins don’t want them to know through me the real truth so they cannot be informed they’re target other races wearing my nationality lolololololool.

        • ethnic says:

          You have been deleted because your comments get flagged by Google.

          • jackson9 says:

            Ethnic, can we please confirm the five people I advocated for on feedback? They are all famous. Lafleur, Glass, Piniella, Swann, Santucci. I think google agrees

          • MichaelWHat says:

            Ethnic, my name is Michael William Lipken. My goal for you is to be a leader and don’t listen to google and big tech! You seem like a die hard nice kid do the right thing be nice to murrucans are all mutts and confirm Jackson9 submission at the same time follow me at [email protected]

          • Oaken05 says:

            Please do not deflect. Its account was deleted because it’s constantly attacking other commenters and the subject matters, themselves, with vile racial slurs, often times completely unprompted.

            And, as well you should, because this is not supposed to be Stormfront.

          • jackson9 says:

            Michael is right. Ethnic knows Guy Lafleur, Philip Glass, Lou Piniella, Lynne Swann, and Karen Santucci are famous. I ask him to not listen to goggles advisement. Humans over crystal the monkey.

    • MuricansRallMutts says:

      The only one here who needs to be cured is you who’s racist towards some Euros cause you don’t —— to be ——– and throw up your jealousy and ———– ——- against others, poor thing.

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