Lionel Messi marries childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo

Posted July 03, 2017

After months of anticipation, the football world and Argentina will today witness what is probably the biggest wedding in recent times as Lionel Messi ties the knot with Antonella Roccuzzo in his hometown of Rosario.

Messi's Barcelona teammates Luis Suarez, Neymar, Gerard Pique and his wife, Colombia's pop star Shakira were among the guests at Friday's wedding.

Curious locals watched stars such as Luis Suarez and Carles Puyol as well as ex-Barca and current Chelsea player Cesc Fabregas disembark at the small airport in the northern city of Rosario.

The star dish is a typical Argentine beef roast including chitterlings, gizzards and kidneys.

The childhood sweethearts were joined by family, friends and plenty of Messi's team mates from Barcelona and the Argentine national team.

His legendary countryman insists that he holds no grudge, though, and still considers the five-time Ballon d'Or victor to be a top professional and man. He is widely regarded as the world's best footballer.

The wedding ceremony became a solid event, around 150 journalists were given accreditation to enter a specific area of the City Centre Complex where the couple later posed for photos.

Messi and Roccuzzo have requested that wedding gifts come in the form of donations to the Leo Messi Foundation.

"They are the love of each other's lives", Messi's childhood friend Diego Vallejos told AFP.

Some friends of Roccuzzo have shared pictures of her relaxing with relatives.

Messi was wearing an Armani suit designed by Argentinian designer Claudio Cosano and Antonella's wedding dress was reportedly flown in on Friday.

The 30-year-old is getting married in Rosario, Santa Fe, where he grew up and played for his first football club, Newell's Old Boys.