Football mates of Lionel Messi past and present arrived in Argentina for the Barcelona star’s wedding. The 30-year-old football striker married his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo on June 30, 2017, in his hometown Rosario, Argentina, with whom he already has two sons.
A host of football stars landed in private jets in his Argentine hometown along with 260 guests for the “wedding of the century.” Authorities said 300 police officers were deployed at key points in the gritty port city, the birthplace of the bloody drug gang Los Monos, with a homicide rate twice the national rate to ensure that guests traveled safely to the venue. Rosario is considered one of Argentina’s most dangerous cities.
We bring you full coverage of the football legends’ “wedding of the century”. Just sit back and be a part of this grand ceremony.
Carles Puyol, Xavi, Samuel Eto’o, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba pose at the airport after arriving in Argentina for the wedding of Lionel Messi.
Security staff waits for the arrival of guests at Rosario’s airport in Santa Fe.
Gerard Pique and Colombian singer Shakira arrive at Rosario airport.
An aerial view of the venue Rosario City Center, where the wedding was held. Guests stayed at the 188-room Pullman Hotel inside the complex, which has a convention center, casino, spa, swimming pool, restaurants and an abundance of sporting facilities.
The Rosario City Center is located at the southern edge of the city, surrounded by the La Granada slum
An artist paints a mural of Barcelona’s football star Lionel Messi in Rosario, ahead of the wedding.
Lionel Messi having a haircut before getting married.