How Argentina stood still for Lionel Messi’s wedding, declared ‘wedding of the century’
The entire Latin America and Caribbean were literally shut down in respect of football idol, Messi. There were no venues to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of guests for the wedding, hence different centres were opened for people to watch the ceremony on large TV screen. Here is more detail:
- Among the guests at Friday’s wedding were Messi’s Barcelona teammates Luis Suárez, Neymar, Gerard Piqué and his wife, Colombia’s pop star Shakira.
June 30, 2017 can’t be be easily forgotten. Argentine soccer player, Lionel Messi , and his chikdhood friend, now his wife , Antonela Roccuzzo, might have known that many would turne out for their wedding ceremony. They did not bargain for what it eventually turned out to be.
An estimated two million univited guests glued on to Tv across the globe to witness the event.Argentine football star, Lionel Messi , first met his future bride when he was just five years old and she four.
“Like every other toodler, they played and ran around their immediate environment, at theceatchul eyes of both parents,” an uncle to Messi was to recall.
When the soccer idol later in life was under pressure of many female friends and family furbds to get hooked up, he cast his kind backward to his childhood pal.
It was therefore received as cheering news that Messi was to marry his childhood sweetheart in his hometown in what has been tagged the “wedding of the century”.
A civil ceremony for Messi, 30, and Antonela Roccuzzo, 29, was held at a luxury hotel in the city of Rosario.
Football stars and celebrities were among the 260 guests, with hundreds of police deployed for the event.
Messi, the Argentina and Barcelona forward, met Roccuzzo as a child before he moved to Spain aged just 13.
A number of guests flew into Rosario on private jets.
Argentina’s Clarín newspaper has variously called the wedding “the wedding of the year” and “the wedding of the century”.
Former Barcelona players Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas and Carles Puyol and their wives pose on a red carpet upon arrival at the wedding .
Many of Messi’s former teammates, including Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fàbregas and Carles Puyol attended with their partners.
- Footballer Ezequiel Lavezzi and his wife pose on a red carpet upon arrival to attend Argentine football star Lionel Messi and Antonella.
Argentine footballer Ezequiel Lavezzi was also spotted on the red carpet
Gerard Piqué (left) and his wife Shakira posed for a picture with airport staff as they arrived in Rosario.
Crowds outside the hotel where Lionel Messi’s wedding takes place in Rosario, were more then what was planned, it took security agencies tough time to control the durging crowd .
Earlier, crowds gathered at the local airport to try to spot some of the famous guests.
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.
Messi 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.
Background on Messi
Messi accepted an offer to play for Barcelona when he was 13, on condition that they pay for treatment for his growth hormone deficiency.
Lionel Messi is joined on the pitch by Antonela Roccuzzo and the couple’s two sons
The couple, who now live in Barcelona, have two sons together.
The event was held at Rosario’s City Center hotel complex, which has an adjoining casino.
Roccuzzo, 29, was widely expected to wear a dress by Rosa Clara, a Barcelona-based designer who has dressed actress Eva Longoria and Spain’s Queen Letizia.
Aside from a “sushi station”, the menu was a very Argentine affair, including empanadas (traditional pasties) and all parts of the cow, from a casserole of sweetbreads to blood sausage.
Who is Messi in Guest list?
Messi invited the Barcelona squad, including Neymar, Luis Suárez and Gerard Piqué, who arrived in Rosario in a private jet with his wife, Colombian pop-star Shakira.
Teammates from Argentina’s national team, including Sergio Ag&ero, were also present.
- Crowns @ Messi wedding by BBC.
Clarín reported that Messi did not invite any of his recent coaches, including Pep Guardiola, who is now at Manchester City.
Argentina’s other big football legend, Diego Maradona, was also omitted from the list, according to the local press.