Messi’s home town awaits wedding of the decade

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Lionel Messi has announced plans to marry his long-time partner and mother of his two children, Antonella Roccuzzo. His hometown Rosario is the venue. June 30 is the date. Barcelona forward has himself revealed the big news.

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Football legend’s agents confirmed in a statement that the couple will wed in Rosario on June 30, a week after Messi’s 30th birthday. The guest list, venue and party details are the subject of a swirl of rumors.

Messi’s Argentine hometown is getting prepped-up to host Latin America’s wedding of the decade. The footballing and showbiz celebrities are listed to attend the grand party. The ceremony between the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and his childhood sweetheart is to be held at Rosario cathedral.

According to local Rosario newspaper La Capital, many of Messi’s Barcelona team-mates are in the guest list, including the couple’s closest friends, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and his wife Sofia Balbi. Other current and former Barcelona stars such as Neymar, Cesc Fabregas and Xavi Hernandez are also to be among the invitees. Some reports suggested 600 guests, but La Capital writes no more than 250 guests, including 21 Barcelona team members.

Argentina’s national daily Clarin writes Argentine singer Karina, wife of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, will also be a guest. She is also tipped to perform at the wedding. Colombian popstar Shakira, wife of Messi’s Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique, has said she hopes to attend.

The couple has a wishlist for wedding gifts – donations to the their children’s charity, The Leo Messi Foundation.

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