BUENOS AIRES – Soccer superstar Lionel Messi has married his childhood sweetheart in his hometown in what has been called the “wedding of the century”.
Messi, 30, and Antonela Roccuzzo, 29, tied the knot at a luxury hotel in the city of Rosario.
The Argentine footballer 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.
The couple, who now live in Barcelona, have two sons together.
Among the 260 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.
However, Argentina’s football legend Diego Maradona was omitted from the list, according to the local press.
Argentina’s Clarín newspaper has variously called the wedding “the wedding of the year” and “the wedding of the century”.
A private security firm was working inside the hotel to keep out potential gatecrashers.
About 150 journalists received accreditation to enter a special press area, but were not given full access to the venue, organisers said.
The port city of Rosario sits on the banks of the Paraná, about 300km north-west of Buenos Aires in the centre of the country.