Saturday, 1 July 2017

Football superstar Lionel Messi marries childhood sweetheart



Football superstar Lionel Messi has married his childhood sweetheart in a ceremony described as the "wedding of the century".
 
The 30-year-old and longtime partner Antonella Roccuzzo returned to their hometown of Rosario, central Argentina, to marry at a luxury hotel.


Among the 260 guests who attended were Messi's Barcelona teammates Neymar, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique, who was joined by his pop star wife Shakira.


Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas and his wife Daniella Semaan were also at the ceremony.


Hundreds of police were deployed to patrol what Argentinian media called the "wedding of the century", as locals, TV crews and reporters gathered outside to catch a glimpse of the guests.


Messi and Roccuzzo kissed as they posed for pictures outside the venue.





The bride wore a gown by Rosa Clara - a Spanish designer who has dressed actress Eva Longoria and Spain's Queen Letizia.


Roccuzzo, 29, is the cousin of one of Messi's childhood friends and the pair met at a young age.


Uruguayan football player Luis Suarez and his wife Sofia Balbi pose on a red carpet during Barcelona's football star Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo wedding
Luis Suarez and his wife Sofia Balbi


They stayed in touch after Messi left Rosario to sign for Barcelona at the age of 13, later becoming a couple in 2009.
 
 
The pair live in Barcelona with their two sons, Thiago, 4, and one-year-old Mateo.


Instead of wedding presents, the couple asked their guests for donations to a children's charity.


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


Mr Vallejos, who was invited to the wedding, added that despite Messi's stardom the 30-year-old "was always the same and never changed".

Chelsea's football player Cesc Fabregas and his wife pose on a red carpet upon arrival to attend Argentine football star Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo's wedding

Cesc Fabregas and his wife Daniella Semaan

Leo Messi, 30, has married his childhood sweetheart today Antonella Roccuzzo, 29, in a lavish Argentinian ceremony

Former Barcelona players Xavi Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Carles Puyol and their wives pose on a red carpet upon arrival


Samuel Eto'o and his wife Georgette  were the first guests to walk along the red carpet and past the world's press into the venue
Samuel Eto'o and his wife Georgette








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