LIONEL MESSI has played alongside some of football’s greatest stars but the Barcelona icon has proven his greatest teammate will forever be his wife.
The Argentine superstar – who is known for his shy persona – gushed about his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in a rare personal interview.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has three sons – Thiago, Mateo and Ciro – with the 31-year-old model whom he married in July 2017.
And when asked what he admires most about Antonella, Messi told MARCA: “The truth is that (I admire) everything.
“She has many good qualities: how she gets by on a daily basis; her personality; she is always in a good mood; and she always faces up to problems in an admirable way.
“She is a very intelligent person who is great in all aspects of life.
“Thiago, despite his age as he will turn seven now, is a very mature and very intelligent person. He is a gentleman. And Ciro is similar to Mateo, or maybe worse, we’ll see.”
Messi, 32, has lived in Barcelona since he was a teenager but he admitted that his go-to food and drink have rarely changed as he grew up.
He added: “I always said (favourite dish is a) roast, milanesa (breaded meat fillet) or pasta.
The type of food that I like is something very simple.
“I like a hot and bitter mate. I used to drink it sweet, but then I got used to the bitterness and I drink it like that.”
Long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo revealed his guilty pleasure is a pizza shared with his son earlier this month.
And Messi confessed that his weakness is chocolate as he opened up on obsession with everyone in his family having the same seats around the breakfast table.
He said: “A little chocolate, dulce de leche (caramel) or ice cream. I like anything that is sweet. I try not to at too much of it, but I like it.