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 Antonella Roccuzzo, with whom he has three children. Pictures of Lionel’s grandparents and relatives can be seen here and here.

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

192 Responses

  1. Lorenzo Spitaleri says:

    Uh so are you spanish or italian? I don’t get you

  2. Lorenzo Spitaleri says:

    The alpines are not the only phenotype of the North bro. Many have so-called “Dinaricised” features which Messi does have, from a side view and shaved he can look like a polentone imo.–550705860657710932/

    Compare with a young Salvini

    but yea he has some spanish features too maybe

  3. Blahby says:

    I think of Italian first when I see him.

    • Blahby says:

      Really? I guess you would know more than me. Still, in the U.S., I think most people would first see him as Italian. Who do you consider a typical Italian? Name someone famous.

      • andrew says:

        He does not look Italian. To begin with he is half Italian, so why should he look Italian?

        • Blahby says:

          Who is a good example of what a full blooded Italian man looks like? Italian people in America interbreed 9 times out of 10 with non-Italians so actors and actresses who we consider Italian are usually only half or even a quarter! So, give me a good example of a 100% Italian man.

        • andrew says:

          You have to look to Italians from Italy, not from U.S. that as you said intermarried with other European nationalities. That Frank Grillo dude looks like a random guy from Naples if you ask me an example.

  4. andrew says:

    Maria Solé Font was born in Bellcaire, Girona, Catalonia.

  5. andrew says:


    Lionel’s maternal grandfather was 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.

    • Lorenzo Spitaleri says:

      Very interesting. I wouldn’t doubt Celia Oliveira would be brazillian aswell.

      • andrew says:

        Olivera/Oliveira is possibly a more widespread Brazilian and Portuguese surname than Spanish one, but in this case there is no further infomation.

        You said his dad looks Northern Italian, well it turns out he is exactly half Italian (from Marche in Central Italy and Veneto) and half Catalan. In some pics he resembles French actor Daniel Auteuil a bit.

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