Messi gets married to his childhood sweetheart

Messi gets married to his childhood sweetheart

Messi gets married to his childhood sweetheart

It's now official! Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo are off the market.

Football star Lionel Messi married his childhood sweetheart married on Friday night at a ceremony in his Argentine hometown.

Jordi Alba, Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, and Samuel Eto'o are also attending.

Situated nearly 300km to the north of Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, Rosario is the third most populous city in the country.

A civil ceremony for Messi, 30, and Antonela Roccuzzo, 29, was held at a luxury hotel in the city of Rosario.

Messi and his wife who already have two children, Thiago and Mateo, met when they were children and had kept the connection even when he moved to Spain at the age of 13.

His "childhood love", Antonela Rokuzo, married the Barcelona star yesterday.

Lionel and Antonella have known each other for 25 years. since he was 5.

Organisers say 157 journalists have been accredited to cover the bash, but have been warned they will have no access to the guests.

One of his team-mates, Andres Iniesta has said he will not be able to attend the wedding, while it is unknown whether or not Gerard Pique and partner Shakira will be there.

The couple, who have been together for 10 years and have two sons, will tie the knot at the City Centre Rosario complex.

Despite spending more than half of his life in Barcelona, Domínguez says he isn't surprised Messi chose to return home to marry.

Messi, a five-time Federation Internationale de Football Association world player of the year, has faced criticism in Argentina because he has never brought the country a major title, in contrast to his repeated successes playing for Barcelona.

Despite that, he is praised both at home and overseas for keeping his common touch.

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