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Argentine Footballer Lionel Messi Ties The Knot With Childhood Sweetheart In Argentina!

On June 30th, two childhood sweethearts who’ve known each other since 25 years, were united in marriage. Lionel Messi, 30, and Antonella Roccuzzo, 29, met when they were just five years old, and have been living together in Barcelona with their two sons for the past few years. Antonella is the cousin of Messi’s best friend, Lucas Scaglia.

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For their wedding venue, it was natural that they chose their hometown Rosario in Argentina where they first met. 250 friends and family were present to celebrate the couple, including a number of renowned football players. The couple invited not only the Barcelona team players, but also extended their guest list to the entire team support staff, including every trainer, masseuses, and equipment manager. Many Argentina players, both current and former, were also in attendance. Gerard Pique and partner Shakira, Manchester’s United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, Uruguayan soccer star Luis Suarez and wife Sofia Balbi, and Barcelona teammates Neymar and Jordi Alba with his wife were just a few amongst the guests.

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The wedding ceremony took place in Rosario City Center hotel, with high security; phones were banned for all the guests and a security team of 450 was employed. However, Messi ensured his fans would not be disappointed and asked a giant screen to be placed outside the venue so that his fans could partake in the ceremony. After the ceremony, the beaming couple made an appearance as husband and wife outside the venue.

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Argentinian beauty Antonella glowed in her beautiful wedding dress designed by Madrid-based Rosa Clara and especially flown in from Spain on a private jet. Her custom-made platform shoes by Argentinian designer Ricky Sarkany had the couple’s nicknames “Anto” and “Leo”, along with their wedding date, engraved on the soles.

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As a beautiful gesture, the couple has asked their guests to donate to a charity of their choice, TECHO, instead of gifts.

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The wedding souvenir included Lionel Messi’s special wine along with some other goodies.

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The couple is now honeymooning in the Caribbean island of Antigua.

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Submitted by: Tanvi Chadha

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