PHOTOS from Lionel Messi’s ‘wedding of the century’

Argentine football star Lionel Messi and his childhood sweetheart bride Antonella Roccuzzo finally tied the knot in his hometown in what has been called the “wedding of the century” last Friday, 30th June 2017.

The wedding attracted 260 guests including celebrities pop singer Shakira as well as football stars with hundreds of police deployed for the event at the City Centre Complex in Rosario, Santa Fe province, Argentina.

Argentine media called it the “wedding of the century” for Rosario, the gritty northern port city where Messi, 30, and his bride 29, met when the player was five years old. They met as children before Messi moved to Spain at age 13.

The public relations company organizing the event warned in a statement that the ceremony will be “strictly private” hence there will be no mobile phones at the ceremony.

While brunette bride Roccuzzo, 29, wore a gown by Rosa Clara — a Spanish designer who has dressed actress Eva Longoria and Spain’s Queen Letizia, Messi made it out in a Gucci suit.

Aside from a “sushi station”, the menu was a very Argentine affair, including empanadas (traditional pasties) and all parts of the cow, from a casserole of sweetbreads to blood sausage.

Eto’o and Wife

Former Barcelona player, Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o and his wife was also on the red carpet with Former Barcelona players Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas and Carles Puyol and their wives.

Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas and Carles Puyol and their wives

The civil wedding ceremony had its party take place inside the venue where the guests were lodged.

Uruguayan pop bands Rombai and Marama plus singer Karina, Aguero’s wife, will perform at the reception.

There were also rumors that there would be singing by Shakira, the Colombian diva famous for “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever” but again rumours had it that she had a beef with Messi’s wife.

Shakira had recently denied rumors that she would miss the wedding due to a quarrel with Roccuzzo.

About the Couple: LEO AND ANTO