Lionel Messi marries childhood sweetheart in Argentina

Associated Press

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi married his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in Argentina on Friday in what the local media is calling “the wedding of the century.”

Roccuzzo is the mother of Messi’s two children, and his longtime girlfriend. The two wed in their hometown of Rosario, a port city to the northwest of Buenos Aires. Messi and Roccuzzo have known each other since they were five years old and have been dating since 2008.

A host of soccer stars were on hand to take in the ceremony, including current and former club and national teammates. Including those in attendence were Samuel Eto'o, Sergio Aguero, Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Angel Di Maria, and the rest of the current Barcelona squad.

The wedding sported a total of 260 guests and attracted a large crowd outside the hotel where the guests stayed.

Messi will have time for a honeymoon before he’s required to report for club duty in the United States, where Barcelona will face Juventus on July 22.