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Amazing: Lionel Messi weds his Childhood love after 25 years

by O. S David
Amazing: Lionel Messi weds his Childhood love after 25 years

Amazing: Lionel Messi weds his Childhood love after 25 years 

-O.S David

Argentine football and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has married his childhood love, Antonela Roccuzzo in his hometown.

The wedding was called “wedding of the century”.

A civil ceremony for Messi, 30, and Antonela Roccuzzo, 29, was held at a luxury hotel in the city of Rosario.

Rosario's Hotel CityCenter set up for a previous event

Hundreds of police were deployed for the event as football stars and celebrities were among the 260 guests.

Among the guests at Friday’s wedding were Messi’s Barcelona teammates Luis Suárez, Neymar, Gerard Piqué and his wife, Colombia’s pop star Shakira. A number of guests flew into Rosario on private jets.

Former Barcelona players Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas and Carles Puyol and their wives pose on a red carpet upon arrival to attend Argentine football star Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo

It was gathered that the Argentina and Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi first met Antonela Roccuzzo before he moved to Spain at age 13.

Crowds had earlier gathered at the local airport to try to spot some of the famous guests as they arrived.

Crowds outside the hotel where Lionel Messi's wedding takes place in Rosario, Argentina. Photo: 30 June 2017

According to a report from organisers, about 150 journalists received accreditation to enter a special press area but were not given full access to the venue.

Also, a private security firm was working inside the hotel to keep out potential gatecrashers.

Messi met Roccuzzo when he was just five years old. She is the cousin of his best friend, Lucas Scaglia, who also became a professional football player.

Messi accepted an offer to play for Barcelona when he was 13, on condition that they pay for treatment for his growth hormone deficiency.

The new couple, who now lives in Barcelona, have two sons together.

Lionel Messi joined on the pitch by Antonela Roccuzzo and their two sons

Meanwhile, an Argentina’s Clarín newspaper has variously called the wedding “the wedding of the year” and “the wedding of the century”.

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