Lionel Messi marries childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo

Lionel Messi marries childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo

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

Messi moved to Spain to further his soccer career, but the two reunited several years ago.

Messi and his wife Antonella Roccuzzo.

Soccer players Luis Suarez, Neymar, Jordi Alba, Angel di Maria, and Javier Mascherano were among the 260 guests.

The wedding venue is in "Las Flores" district, one of the most unsafe areas of the city and somewhere "La Banda de los Monos" - one of the country's most famous narcos groups - have great influence.

Messi, who turned 30 last Monday (June 24) married Antonella, 29 at a luxury hotel in the city of Rosario.

Following Messi's wedding, a statue of Luis Suarez has been vandalised in the star's hometown of Salto in Uruguay.

Messi, Roccuzzo and their two kids, Thiago and Mateo.

Argentina's other big football legend, Diego Maradona, was also omitted from the list, according to the local press.

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The party was to be a respite for Messi from his legal woes.

The bride wore a figure-hugging white wedding dress by Catalan designer Rosa Clara.

Lionel Messi's wedding on Friday has given stars of recent Barcelona teams a chance to get together once again.

Uruguayan pop bands Rombai and Marama and Argentina footballer Sergio Aguero's singer-wife Karina are expected to perform.

Barcelona star Gerard Pique and Shakira were also present at the ceremony.

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

But they often return to their native Rosario."Messi could have had this wedding wherever he liked - Dubai, the moon".

The wedding was termed as "the wedding of the year" and "the wedding of the century", by Argentina's Clarin newspaper. The pair also still have friends in the city that they reportedly keep in regular contact with.

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