Barcelona star Messi weds childhood sweetheart

Posted July 02, 2017

Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi and his wife Antonela Roccuzzo pose at their wedding in Rosario, Argentina.

Lionel Messi is getting married to his longtime partner and the mother of his two children, Antonella Roccuzzo, on Friday in their hometown of Rosario, Argentina.

The event was attended by around 250 guests.

Messi invited his entire Barcelona first-team to Rosario, along with some key former teammates, like Carles Puyol, Xavi, Samuel Eto'o, and Cesc Fabregas.

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Rosario is the third-largest city of Argentina located around 300 kilometers to the northwest of the capital city, Buenos Aires. The couple has been in a relationship since the late 2000s, and have two children together: Thiago (4) and Mateo (1).

Guests, including Messi's Argentine teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi, Barcelona star Gerard Pique and Shakira, were set to be given gift bags containing wine, local desert dulce de leche and other items.

They will join old friends of the couple and footballers, including his Barcelona strike partners Neymar and Luis Suarez, in Messi's northern home town, Rosario.

Organisers say 157 journalists have been accredited to cover the bash, but have been warned they will have no access to the guests.

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"Messi could have had this wedding wherever he liked - Dubai, the moon".

However, when one of Roccuzzo's friends died in a auto accident, Messi flew back to Rosario to be at her side, rekindling their romance.

Argentina's Clarín newspaper has called the nuptials "the wedding of the year" and "the wedding of the century", the BBC reported.

Despite that, he is praised both at home and overseas for keeping his common touch. "It's hard to explain the feeling - I'm both a friend and a fan".

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