Wedding of the century

In a city northwest of Buenos Aires, in the province Santa Fe, Central Argentina took place “wedding of the century”/”wedding of the year” as per Argentina’s Clarin newspaper. In a star-studded closed affairs wedding in Rosario this friday, football superstar Lionel Messi tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo. Here’s what makes the wedding so special-

Lionel Messi ties the knot with Antonella
Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo at their wedding event

1. Attendees at Lionel Messi’s wedding

The invite list was full of celebrities and football stars. Among the 260 invited guests were Barcelona teammates Neymar, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique who flew into Rosario for Messi’s wedding day. Pique’s wife, the Columbian pop star Shakira also accompanied him. His Argentinean teammates including Sergio Aguero were also present.

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Shakira and husband Gerard Pique at the ariport – AFP
At Messi's wedding
Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez arrives for the wedding
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Lionel Messi’s former Barcelona FC teammates, Xavi with wife Nuria Cunillera, Cesc Fabregas with wife Daniella Semaan and Carles Puyol with wife Vanessa Lorenzo. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
  1. Menu

Lionel Messi ensured to flavor the menu Argentinean with meat empanadas and casseroles included in the menu. Add a sushi station to the list and what more could we ask for? Also served at the wedding were different cheeses, steak, cold meat, pasta balls with mozzarella, bread and salad.

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Menu at Messi’s wedding. Twitter.
  1. Venue

The wedding took place in City Center Rosario Complex which contains a five star hotel and a casino. As reported on independent.ie, “the complex space boasts a bowling alley, tennis courts and both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.”

“The Complex space boasts a bowling alley, Tennis courts and both and indoor and outdoor swimming pool”

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Inside the complex at the event. www.citycenter-rosario.com.ar
  1. Security

Since the venue was right next to a pretty bad neighbourhood, considering the drug gangs based nearby, as well as Messi’s flood of fans, the venue had tightly secured with over 350 extra police to ensure safety at the event. Around 160 journalist were allowed in but with limited access.

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City Centre Rosario Complex
  1. Gifts

What could a man who raked in $81 million dollars last year (Forbes) want for gifts? According to goal.com, Messi has only asked his guests to donate to his charity, the Leo Messi Foundation.

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Lio and Antonalla at their wedding. The Economic Times
  1. Wedding Dress

Designed by Rosa Clara, who has dressed stars such as Eva Longoria and even the Queen of Spain Letizia, it is said that Antonella’s dress had been flown in from Barcelona, Spain.

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Antonella’s wedding dress

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